Media development and the peace-building agenda: A case study of Afghanistan's first independent news agency


Fri, 04/13/2012 - 3:00pm to Thu, 06/30/2022 - 3:24am

Adopting the dichotomy of “peace journalism” versus “war journalism” proposed by Johann Galtung as an organizing framework, this study uses mixed methods to explore a case study of conflict framing at an Afghan news agency. Quantitative content analysis reveals several findings: that war journalism frames dominate coverage; that the most prevalent peace journalism indicators are those that are associated with objective reporting; and that the least prevalent peace journalism indicators are those that are associated with more sophisticated and nuanced reporting techniques. Qualitative data collected through participant observation and interviews provide insight into the micro, meso and macro levels influences that contribute to these framing practices.

Anissa Tanweer is a dual master's candidate in the School of Journalism and the School of Middle Eastern and North African Studies at the University of Arizona. She is currently involved in a project at the School of Journalism to assist Nangarhar University in Afghanistan with developing a new journalism curriculum. Her journalistic work has appeared in The Arizona Daily Star and The New York Times, and on KUAZ FM, Tucson’s National Public Radio affiliate.  Her scholarly work explores the use of war and peace framing practices at Afghanistan's first independent news agency.

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Dual MA candidate, Journalism & Middle Eastern Studies

MENAS Colloquium Series
Spring 2012

Friday, April 13, 2012
3.00pm in Marshall 490