The Impact of News Coverage on Conflict: Toward Greater Understanding

35 Pages Posted: 22 Oct 2009  

Richard C. Reuben

University of Missouri School of Law

Date Written: October 21, 2009

Abstract

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

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

Richard Reuben (Contact Author)

University of Missouri School of Law ( email )

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Columbia, MO 65211
United States

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