Title page for ETD etd-04012008-105506

Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Besova, Asya A
Author's Email Address besova@gmail.com
URN etd-04012008-105506
Title Foreign News and Public Opinion: Attribute Agenda-Setting Theory Revisited
Degree Master of Mass Communication (M.M.C.)
Department Mass Communication
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Monica Postelnicu Committee Chair
Felicia Song Committee Member
Margaret DeFleur Committee Member
  • public opinion
  • international news
  • print
  • Agenda-setting
Date of Defense 2008-03-25
Availability unrestricted
This study contributes to the body of research on public opinion and media coverage of foreign news by examining the coverage of nine foreign countries in The New York Times and The Times. Media coverage and the public opinion about foreign nations were strongly correlated. Specifically, negative coverage tends to have more agenda-setting effects than neutral and positive coverage. The findings also suggest that media portray foreign countries in a unidimensional fashion, by limiting the coverage around a few policy issues. Finally, the U.S. and the U.K. media coverage of foreign nations were very similar.
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