Electronic Theses and Dissertations

Identifier

859

Date

2013

Date of Award

4-25-2013

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts

Major

Journalism

Committee Chair

Joe Hayden

Committee Member

Jin Yang

Committee Member

Tom Hrach

Abstract

This research presents a content analysis of news photography produced during the Arab Spring, a tumultuous series of revolutions and protest action that swept across the Middle East and North Africa in early 2011. To establish a framework for this research, a review of relevant literature focused on framing and second-level agenda setting and the application of these theories to form 15 coding categories. This study analyzed 430 photos that ran from December 18, 2010, to May 24, 2012, in the pages of Time and Newsweek. Results showed that the events of the Arab Spring were visually depicted by Western newsmagazines as a movement of peaceful protest with strong elements of nationalism. While some degree of interaction between a given country’s rate of Internet access and violent escalation was shown, further study in this area is recommended.

Comments

Data is provided by the student.

Library Comment

dissertation or thesis originally submitted to the local University of Memphis Electronic Theses & dissertation (ETD) Repository.

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