Using Al Jazeera and CNN, Carry out a content analysis focusing on an issue, conflict or country ( Syrian conflict is a good choice )
This assignment assesses the ability to critique two culturally divergent global news services within a transnational communication framework. Using
Al Jazeera http://english.aljazeera.net/?
two reputable international news organizations, one western and one non-western, Carry out a content analysis focusing on an issue, conflict or country. I choose the conflict in Syria but let me know if you have an other idea. Your discussion should be supported by course readings and other academic literature. Identify a theoretical framework such as political economy of media within which you will carry out your analysis. From the data gathered write a comparative analysis of news coverage of each. Use tables and charts to demonstrate your findings.
Do the following:
1. Develop a research question e.g. what are the dominant news frames and news values used by the Al Jazeera and CNN in the coverage of Syria etc.
2. Over a three-week period gather relevant news stories from the two websites.?
3. Analysis can focus on the way each news outlet reports news stories by looking at the
a. Network Philosophy – what is the network philosophy of each and how does the news agenda align with the news organisation’s philosophy, ownership structure and target audience.
b. News agenda/news values – What is the placement of the story e.g. is it in the top five stories listed? What are the dominant news values?
c. News elements – headlines, photos, leads, words and phrasing.
d. Sources – who are the experts quoted (i.e. their cultural, political or social orientation)? Are they from an elite or non-elite country or group?
e. What are the prevalent cultural/political/national perspectives in the stories being reported.
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