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"The Fires of Fear" - ICA Presentation
"The Fires of Fear" - ICA Presentation
"The Fires of Fear" - ICA Presentation
"The Fires of Fear" - ICA Presentation
"The Fires of Fear" - ICA Presentation
"The Fires of Fear" - ICA Presentation
"The Fires of Fear" - ICA Presentation
"The Fires of Fear" - ICA Presentation
"The Fires of Fear" - ICA Presentation
"The Fires of Fear" - ICA Presentation
"The Fires of Fear" - ICA Presentation
"The Fires of Fear" - ICA Presentation
"The Fires of Fear" - ICA Presentation
"The Fires of Fear" - ICA Presentation
"The Fires of Fear" - ICA Presentation
"The Fires of Fear" - ICA Presentation
"The Fires of Fear" - ICA Presentation
"The Fires of Fear" - ICA Presentation
"The Fires of Fear" - ICA Presentation
"The Fires of Fear" - ICA Presentation
"The Fires of Fear" - ICA Presentation
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"The Fires of Fear" - ICA Presentation

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Presented at the 2012 annual International Communication Association conference in Boston, MA.

Presented at the 2012 annual International Communication Association conference in Boston, MA.

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  • RQ1: How did the news media frame the intersection of Christianity and Islam in the Terry Jones case?*Use definition in paper on notecard
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    • 1. The Fires of Fear: Framing of Religion in Media Coverage of Terry Jones and “International Burn a Qur’an Day” A Case Study Jaime Riccio S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, Syracuse University jriccio@syr.edu
    • 2. Media and Religion
    • 3. Islam Christianity Both • More coverage in recent years (since 9.11.01) • Generally negative press •“Journalists in general tend to present religious groups as deviant, authoritarian, or mired in conflict.” (Abbot, 2006) •Traditionally widespread public interest • Not often covered • Seen usually in a political setting
    • 4. Theoretical Background
    • 5. Framing (Entman, 1993) • “Particular definitions, interpretations and opinions of morality” (Entman, 2003) • How the media shapes a topic • Audiences think along lines proposed
    • 6. Research Questions RQ1: How did news media frame the intersection of Christianity and Islam in the Terry Jones case? RQ2: How did local news outlets differ from national news outlets in the framing of the Qur’an burning? RQ3: How did print news outlets differ from broadcast news outlets in the framing of the Qur’an burning?
    • 7. Methods • Textual Analysis • 3-Week Period (Aug. 28 – Sept. 18, 2010)
    • 8. BROADCAST Local • WAWS FOX 30 (Jacksonville, Fla.) • WCJB TV-20 (Gainesville, Fla.) National • FOX News Channel • CNN • MSNBC • CBS News • ABC News
    • 9. PRINT Local National
    • 10. Results
    • 11. Themes (Implicit & Explicit) • Heroes & Villains • Victimization • “Othering” • Constitutionality vs. Morality • Fear  Framing Strategies
    • 12. Broadcast Findings
    • 13. Local • Distancing of Terry Jones from Christianity & from local community • Local Muslims as victims • Resource availability • Local security issue • Constitutionality & Ethics – “right vs. right”
    • 14. National • De-legitimization of Terry Jones and extremist Christianity • Journalist bias and criticism of Jones’s faith • Footage of a “violent Islam” • Connection to the Islamic community center (“Ground Zero Mosque”)
    • 15. Print Findings
    • 16. Local • Limited sources • Victimization of Islam • Differentiating Terry Jones from Christianity, distancing Dove Outreach Center from Gainesville • Constitutionality & Ethics – “right vs. right”
    • 17. National • America as noble, just, brave and protective vs. Islam as extreme and temperamental • Terry Jones as insignificant, separate, absurd • “Source Shopping” • Both papers covered similarly • Strong focus on religion
    • 18. Timeline
    • 19. Overall Findings • National vs. Local • Local: more personal, community • National: international crisis, ties into American fear •Print vs. Broadcast • Print: implicit, descriptive • Broadcast: explicit, visual
    • 20. Overall Findings • Media reporting on media •Social media power •Sharing & combining stories • Islam still fits into Us vs. Them • “Terry Jones hijacked Christianity, as Al Qaeda hijacked Islam” (NYT)
    • 21. Implications • Coverage: • Islam • Christianity • Free Speech • Media outlets & Journalists • Timing and confluence of news stories • Influence of new technologies
    • 22. Thank You Questions? Jaime Riccio S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, Syracuse University jriccio@syr.edu

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