Al Jazeera In 1000 Academic Studies

94. Name: Nour Shreim Title: War in Gaza: A Cross-Cultural Analysis of News Reporting and Reception - the Case of BBC and Al Jazeera Institution: Loughborough University Country: United Kingdom Date: 2012 Language: English Abstract: The most recent conflagration of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, commonly known as the Gaza War, has attracted extensive global media coverage. This study incorporates extensive content analysis to chart patterns and regularities within a large corpus of four broadcast media—BBC Arabic, BBC World, Al Jazeera Arabic, and Al Jazeera English. The study integrates a more interpretative discourse analysis to investigate the cultural ideas evoked linguistically (and to a lesser extent, visually) throughout the coverage. Assuming a qualitative stance, the study also draws upon focus group interviews conducted in Jordan and England to examine the public’s knowledge and understandings of the events on the ground, in addition to their evaluation of both news organizations’ levels of objectivity and impartiality. To allow for a comparative dimension, the study develops two frames of analysis to assess recurring themes in the news coverage and scrutinize their discursive strategies and functions in the construction of meaning and ideology. These two frames are provocation, which examines questions of responsibility and culpability, and proportionality, which embraces matters of legitimacy and authority in relation to the humanitarian aspect of the war.


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