35 Pages Posted: 22 Oct 2009
Date Written: October 21, 2009
This article develops an approach for the empirical study of the news media’s impact on the conflict that it covers. While mass communications research has studied how the news media covers conflict, it has not taken the next step of assessing the impact of that coverage. This article contends that such an inquiry is necessarily an inter-disciplinary task, and joins conflict theory with mass communications research to identify the kinds of questions that may be empirically tested to determine whether the news media is having a constructive or destructive effect on the conflict that it covers.
Keywords: news, media, conflict, mass communications
Suggested Citation: Suggested Citation
Reuben, Richard C., The Impact of News Coverage on Conflict: Toward Greater Understanding (October 21, 2009). Marquette Law Review, Forthcoming; University of Missouri School of Law Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2009-29. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1492448