Promoting stories about terrorism to the international news media: A study of public diplomacy.


Yarchi, M., Wolfsfeld, G., Sheafer, T., & Shenhav, S. R. (2013). Promoting stories about terrorism to the international news media: A study of public diplomacy. Media, War & Conflict , 6 (3), 263 - 278 . Sage Publications Inc.

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Antagonists’ images in the international news media can play a significant role in determining their level of political success in the international arena, which explains why so many political actors invest considerable resources in public diplomacy. The goal of the present study is to explain the level of success that various actors (countries and non-state actors) have in promoting their preferred frames about terror to the international news media. Four types of explanatory variables are proposed, divided into context and focal event factors. Context factors include the political values and policy proximity between the country attacked (the victimized country) and a country whose news media have been targeted for influence (the target country), as well as the target country’s experience in dealing with terror. Focal event factors refer to the nature of the trigger events that generate news coverage of terrorism. Apart from one exception (the policy proximity), all of the hypotheses were confirmed. The findings indicated that focal event factors have the most significant effect on the way foreign media covers conflicts and that, when it comes to coverage of terrorism, journalists are more interested in constructing a dramatic story than putting the events into a more general political context. [ABSTRACT FROM PUBLISHER]Copyright of Media, War & Conflict is the property of Sage Publications Inc. and its content may not be copied or emailed to multiple sites or posted to a listserv without the copyright holder's express written permission. However, users may print, download, or email articles for individual use. This abstract may be abridged. No warranty is given about the accuracy of the copy. Users should refer to the original published version of the material for the full abstract. (Copyright applies to all Abstracts.)


Accession Number: 97441340; Yarchi, Moran; Wolfsfeld, Gadi; Sheafer, Tamir 1; Shenhav, Shaul R 1; Affiliations: 1: The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel; Issue Info: Dec2013, Vol. 6 Issue 3, p263; Thesaurus Term: FOREIGN news -- Research; Thesaurus Term: DIPLOMACY -- Research; Thesaurus Term: CONTENT analysis (Communication); Thesaurus Term: FRAMES (Social sciences); Subject Term: TERRORISM -- Research; Subject Term: RESEARCH; Author-Supplied Keyword: content analysis; Author-Supplied Keyword: foreign media; Author-Supplied Keyword: framing; Author-Supplied Keyword: public diplomacy; Author-Supplied Keyword: terrorism; Number of Pages: 16p; Document Type: Article