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Agenda setting theory and international news: a comparative analysis of news articles coverage on Iraq War in Malaysian English newspapers


Kassed, Hanaa Kadum and Mustaffa, Che Su (2017) Agenda setting theory and international news: a comparative analysis of news articles coverage on Iraq War in Malaysian English newspapers. In: International Conference on Communication and Media: An International Communication Association Regional Conference (i-COME’16), 18th - 20th September 2016, Istana Hotel, Kuala Lumpur.

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Abstract

The main purpose of the paper is to discuss the application of Agenda Setting Theory in the publication of news about Iraq war in - the New Straits Times press (NSTP) and the Star. This study examines a longitudinal content analysis of 535 news through three periods (before,during and after the occupation of Iraq).The result of this study shows that NSTP gave more emphasis to the issue of the policy of unipolar for the United States while the Star gave more emphasis to the issue of Iraqi suffering.Thus, this study can shed some light on how Eastern country views Iraq and this perhaps could help Iraq reform its image by expanding the scope of diplomatic, business and cultural actions.This study provides support to the theoretical proposition that the media are not successful in telling the audience what to think, but it is stunningly successful in telling the audience what to think about (first level of Agenda Setting).This study also provides support to the theoretical proposition that differences in media organizations have profound impact on how the important issues are framed.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Additional Information: SHS Web of Conferences 33, 00081 (2017)
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN1990 Broadcasting
Divisions: School of Multimedia Technology & Communication
Depositing User: Prof. Dr. Che Su Mustaffa
Date Deposited: 15 Feb 2017 00:59
Last Modified: 15 Feb 2017 00:59
URI: http://repo.uum.edu.my/id/eprint/20973

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