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Opis: Television News and Human Rights in the US - Shawna Brandle

Does the CNN Effect exist? Political communications scholars have debated the influence of television news coverage on international affairs since television news began, especially in relation to the coverage of massive human rights violations. These debates have only intensified in the last twenty years, as new technologies have changed the nature of news and the news cycle. But despite frequent assertion, little research into the CNN Effect, or whether television coverage of human rights violations causes state action, exists. Bridging across the disciplines of human right studies, comparative politics, and communication studies in a way that has not been done, this book looks at television news coverage of human rights in the US and UK to answer the question of whether the CNN Effect actually exists. Examining the human rights content in television news in the US and UK yields insights to what television news producers and policymakers consider to be human rights, and what, if anything, audiences can learn about human rights from watching television news. After reviewing 20 years of footage using three different types of content analyses of American television news broadcasts and two different types of British news broadcasts, and comparing those results with human rights rankings and print news coverage of human rights, Shawns M. Brandle concludes that despite rhetoric from both countries in support of human rights, there is not enough coverage of human rights in either country to argue that television media can spur state action on human rights issues. More simply, the violations will not be televised. A welcome and timely book presenting an important examination of human rights coverage on television news. 'Shawna Brandle's innovative and meticulous content analysis of U.S. and British TV news documents the shockingly sparse coverage of human rights issues around the world that leaves the general public clueless about the frequency and severity of human rights violations and decision-makers free of pressure to do more than pay lip service to these problems. While crime and terrorism in the West tend to be over-covered, human rights violations are rarely televised according to the research presented here. This is an important book that is especially recommended for the fields of communication, journalism, political science, and human rights studies.' - Brigitte Nacos, Columbia University, USA 'In this timely new work, Professor Brandle reminds us there are few things more important than human rights. By short-changing news coverage of human rights, media organizations fail to discourage the violence and also limit public outrage over under-covered atrocities. This book is a crucial study of how little we are told about a recurring global danger.' -Stephen Farnsworth, professor of political science and director of the University of Mary Washington's Center for Leadership and Media Studies.1. Introduction 2. Human Rights and the Media in the US & UK 3. Content Analysis I: US Phrase Search 4. Content Analysis II: US & UK Transcript Analysis 5. Content Analysis III: Comparing Twenty Years of American and British Television News Coverage 6. Case Studies: China, Somalia, and Sudan 7. Conclusion Appendix I: Methodology Appendix II: Coding Instruments Appendix III: All Countries Featured in Human Rights Stories, 1990-2009


Szczegóły: Television News and Human Rights in the US - Shawna Brandle

Tytuł: Television News and Human Rights in the US
Autor: Shawna Brandle
Producent: Routledge
ISBN: 9781138908413
Rok produkcji: 2015
Ilość stron: 192
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Television News and Human Rights in the US

Does the CNN Effect exist? Political communications scholars have debated the influence of television news coverage on international affairs since television news began, especially in relation to the coverage of massive human rights violations. These debates have only intensified in the last twenty years, as new technologies have changed the nature of news and the news cycle. But despite frequent assertion, little research into the CNN Effect, or whether television coverage of human rights violations causes state action, exists. Bridging across the disciplines of human right studies, comparative politics, and communication studies in a way that has not been done, this book looks at television news coverage of human rights in the US and UK to answer the question of whether the CNN Effect actually exists. Examining the human rights content in television news in the US and UK yields insights to what television news producers and policymakers consider to be human rights, and what, if anything, audiences can learn about human rights from watching television news. After reviewing 20 years of footage using three different types of content analyses of American television news broadcasts and two different types of British news broadcasts, and comparing those results with human rights rankings and print news coverage of human rights, Shawns M. Brandle concludes that despite rhetoric from both countries in support of human rights, there is not enough coverage of human rights in either country to argue that television media can spur state action on human rights issues. More simply, the violations will not be televised. A welcome and timely book presenting an important examination of human rights coverage on television news. 'Shawna Brandle's innovative and meticulous content analysis of U.S. and British TV news documents the shockingly sparse coverage of human rights issues around the world that leaves the general public clueless about the frequency and severity of human rights violations and decision-makers free of pressure to do more than pay lip service to these problems. While crime and terrorism in the West tend to be over-covered, human rights violations are rarely televised according to the research presented here. This is an important book that is especially recommended for the fields of communication, journalism, political science, and human rights studies.' - Brigitte Nacos, Columbia University, USA 'In this timely new work, Professor Brandle reminds us there are few things more important than human rights. By short-changing news coverage of human rights, media organizations fail to discourage the violence and also limit public outrage over under-covered atrocities. This book is a crucial study of how little we are told about a recurring global danger.' -Stephen Farnsworth, professor of political science and director of the University of Mary Washington's Center for Leadership and Media Studies.1. Introduction 2. Human Rights and the Media in the US & UK 3. Content Analysis I: US Phrase Search 4. Content Analysis II: US & UK Transcript Analysis 5. Content Analysis III: Comparing Twenty Years of American and British Television News Coverage 6. Case Studies: China, Somalia, and Sudan 7. Conclusion Appendix I: Methodology Appendix II: Coding Instruments Appendix III: All Countries Featured in Human Rights Stories, 1990-2009

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Szczegóły: Television News and Human Rights in the US - Shawna Brandle

Tytuł: Television News and Human Rights in the US
Autor: Shawna Brandle
Producent: Routledge
ISBN: 9781138908413
Rok produkcji: 2015
Ilość stron: 192
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