Archive for February, 2010

Coverage of September 11 in German newsmagazine Der Spiegel

The German newsmagazine ‘Der Spiegel‘, or in English, “The Mirror” was established after World War II in 1947 as a commercial magazine.  The style of Der Spiegel is noticeable for being a cross between a newspaper like the New York Times (NYT) and Newsweek magazine;  Each edition is published weekly in magazine format, with article content similar to the NYT.  The advertisement to content ratio is usually two to one, low for magazines.   Der Spiegel is owned by the German magazine company Spiegel-Verlag; Spiegel-Verlag expanded the bran with SpiegelTV and spinoff magazines.  Der Spiegel is the most widely read news publication in Germany, circulation about a million.   Widely regarded as Germany’s premier newsmagazine since 1950  for uncovering a bribery scandal that may have influenced the location of the West German capital. Read more

The Evolution of Media Coverage Surrounding 9/11

The Evolution of Media Coverage Surrounding 9/11
The tragic attacks on the World Trade Center Towers as well as the Pentagon on September 11th, 2001 were quite possibly the most shocking and devastating experiences the United States has had on its own land.  The following day, September 12th, CNN had a time line of the events of that day to help people understand exactly what happened. The report was objective and timid, shying away from placing blame on specific terrorists and focused on the events of the day.  The American media’s treatment of this tragedy evolved similar to the way a person would react to such a disaster: first shock, disbelief and fear on to sorrow and vengeance and finally justice. Read more

Forced Entry

I was twelve years old, standing outside in the brisk Tucson morning air waiting with a classmate for my art teacher to open the door. My classmate’s name was Ed, and he had a mental disorder. Ed babbled and mumbled at me with varying facial expressions something about towers falling, but I didn’t really understand him. I smiled and nodded, wondering if he even knew what he was talking about. Read more


HON 394—Terrorism and the Press

Paper #1—9/11

The attack of 9/11 in the United States has caused changes in many aspects of the world’s issues, including media. The event put media in a position to depict 9/11 from a multi-dimensional view, from politics, religions, and military to humanity. Across the globe from the United States, 9/11 was seen from a different view from the world of Muslims, Arabs, and Islam, attracting large attention from the media. Egypt is one of the Muslim countries, where Muslims comprise between 80% and 95% of the population. Thus, understanding how media covered the 9/11 event hopefully would provide a more diversified view of Muslim on the 9/11 attacks. The Al-Ahram Weekly in Egypt is as popular to the Egyptian as the New York Times to the United States of America. As one of the leading daily news organization, the Al-Ahram Weekly followed and covered the attacks of 9/11 closely. Read more

Domestic and Foreign Framing of 9/11

With images of September 11th, 2001 primed to appear in our minds upon hearing the word “terrorism”, it seems especially easy for an American to identify an event as an act of terrorism. It is important to consider, however, that despite vivid, domestic experiences with such acts, terrorism has yet to be concretely defined and media are able to filter and twist perceptions of it, whether deliberately or not. In a post-9/11 world, media, more than ever, have a role in instilling fear into a victim, and simultaneously have a responsibility to provide honest coverage of what might be acts of terror. Read more

Personal Footage of 911

In order to prepare for this assignment, I wanted to relive the experience and the emotion of the event. While reviewing the event on the internet, I was struck by the series of personal videos that were captured by people – innocent bystanders – of the event. These people were the ones who captured the initial news that was brought to the American public that day. These people were the ones who made the news possible. It is this personal footage that defined the event, and that every major news station turned to for documentation. It is this personal footage that made this horrific event history. Read more

September 11 shook us all

September 11 shook us all. Either through raw footage of planes crashing into the towers, to still images of workers leaping to their deaths, the coverage reached every corner of the world, causing different reactions in each person they touched through differing mediums. This paper will touch on the different ways that news agencies around the world covered the Attacks of September 11, as well as the changes to the news coverage after September 11. Read more

Reflections on 9/11

In exploration of news media coverage of the 9/11 attack, much is to be discussed in the way journalists relayed the event to the public. In the book “How Did the World’s News Media React to 9/11?” the author Tomasz Pludowski discussed how immediately after the September 11 attacks, most of the world’s news media criticized the terrorists. The world’s news media in turn offered sympathy and support to the United States but shortly thereafter, were putting some of the blame for the attacks on the United States. Read more

Context Matters: A Look at 9/11 Coverage in the U.S. and Abroad

American news reporters on the morning of September 11th, 2001 found themselves in a context that most, if not all of them had never experienced before. Some unknown, evil force was attacking their nation, targeting iconic symbols of America’s towering capitalistic power, along with all of the innocent civilians inside. In that environment of extreme stress, grief, and even anger, it becomes clear that external factors can greatly influence the media’s ability to present an objective report of the news. Examining the coverage of 9/11 and the U.S. retaliation in Afghanistan in October 2001 further shows that the relevant context does not only include human emotions. Factors such as geography, ideology, history, and public expectation must also be considered. Read more

9/11 Coverage: Filling the News Hole and the Idea of “Media Flow”

With the attacks of September 11th, news media around the world was given a unique platform from which to inform the public about the dramatic events unfolding in the heart of New York City, the fields of Pennsylvania and the Pentagon. The normal daily news cycle was interrupted, giving television audiences 24-hour, wall-to-wall coverage in which normal programming and advertising restraints were lifted. (McDonald, 2004) With this increasingly large ‘news hole’, Americans and people around the world saw images of disaster, eyewitness testimonies, and government officials along with countless other stories intended to fill the information void. Given the unusually large amount of time alloted for media coverage immediately following 9/11, the American media response became increasingly focused on giving reports that limited the scope to just the disaster, leaving out a larger context in which the events could be viewed through. American media also tended to promote a government-supported framing of the events, which in turn was either challenged or reflected in countries around the world.

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Terrorism and the Press

This blog is an integral part of a special section of Honors 394 Spring 2010, Arizona State University. Rather than a routine history course this dynamic, interactive seminar explores the interplay between terrorism and television, and other media sources on-line and in print. 26 students and their global pen pals comprise the bloggers. We welcome all to share their opinions, pertinent observations, insights, comments, feedback. Please post in a responsible manner.