Coverage of Australia by CNN World Report and US Television Network News

Harmon, Mark D. (1998) Coverage of Australia by CNN World Report and US Television Network News. Australian Studies in Journalism, 7: 74-83.

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Author Harmon, Mark D.
Title Coverage of Australia by CNN World Report and US Television Network News
Journal name Australian Studies in Journalism   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1038-6130
Publication date 1998-01-01
Year available 1998
Sub-type Article (original research)
Open Access Status File (Author Post-print)
Issue 7
Start page 74
End page 83
Total pages 10
Place of publication Brisbane, QLD Australia
Publisher Dept of Journalism, University of Queensland
Language eng
Subject 400101 Journalism
Abstract This content analysis contrasts CNN World Report and US television network news stories regarding Australia, using the CNN World Report Index and the Vanderbilt Television News (US networks) Archive and Index, both from 1987 to 1996. Significant differences emerged in the Australia topics chosen for presentation in these different news environments. US network stories typically were breaking news voice-overs of sports, disasters, animals, national politics, and crime. The two had similar percentages of soft news, but CNN World Report had significantly more background reporter packages on health, culture, economics, education, science, the military, and the environment.
Keyword Content analysis
Television news
Soft news
Hard news
News reporting
Television journalism
Cable News Network
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