Accession Number : ADA185870

Title :   The Reporting of Terrorism by the Media.

Descriptive Note : Master's thesis,

Corporate Author : AIR FORCE INST OF TECH WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH

Personal Author(s) : Hodgkins, Steven E

PDF Url : ADA185870

Report Date : Jan 1987

Pagination or Media Count : 89

Abstract : Over the past two decades, the impact of terrorism has significantly increased. The acts themselves have become drastically more brutal. In order for terrorists to achieve their goals and instill fear, they must spread their message. The news media of the free world is the vehicle terrorists have selected to transmit that message. Some agree the media is being manipulated by terrorist, in that terrorist attacks have been designed specifically for the news cameras, and the press cannot ignore the action-packed drama terrorism produces. Some believe publicity given to terrorists increase the likelihood of future acts of terrorism. Others find fault with journalists for the way they report terrorism. Others find fault with journalists for the way they report terrorist incidents. Still other experts feel the news media aids in assuring the safety and release of hostages. The goal of this study is to examine the subject of media-covered terrorism and to determine if we are proceeding in the proper direction in reporting on terrorist violence. Source of Data: Information for this research comes from the available professional journals and periodicals, books written by experts in the fields of terrorism, journalism, law enforcement and psychology, and various newspaper and magazine articles. These diverse disciplines provide a well-balanced account of the major issues involved with the topic.

Descriptors :   *TERRORISM, *MASS MEDIA, ATTACK, CAMERAS, FEAR, HOSTAGES, IMPACT, LAW ENFORCEMENT, PSYCHOLOGY, RELEASE, VEHICLES, THESES

Subject Categories : Sociology and Law

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE