159. Name: Christopher M. Toula Title: New International Broadcasters and the Global Economy: Sites of Contestation (Russia Today, China Central Television, Al Jazeera English, and Deutsche Welle) Institution: Georgia State University Country: United States Date: 2017 Language: English Abstract: Research in contra-flow theory, strategic narrative theory, and public diplomacy analyze international broadcasters (IBs) as tools of state power intended to promote state interests, but do not analyze content. Meanwhile, scholars of global media examine IBs as part of the global media system, but omit the broadcaster’s state funding. Building on these complementary but disparate groups of inquiry into international broadcasting, this dissertation provides a comparative analysis of the economic coverage of four international broadcasters: Russia Today, China Central Television, Al Jazeera English, and Deutsche Welle. Using this data, the analysis assesses the role of these broadcasters in the projection of state power. Using a mixed-methodological approach combining content analysis and critical discourse analysis, the study compares economic newsmagazine coverage to official state positions on economic issues, which allows an empirical and systematic test of the extent to which IBs content conforms to the respective state’s economic policy. Because specialist economic news caters to elite audiences, this dissertation also analyzes regular newscast coverage of economic protests to reveal the gap between IB’s coverage of economics and thereby determine if state interests determine coverage.
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