School of Communication and Digital Content
Master of Arts in Communication (MA)
Primary Subject Area
Mass Communications; Sociology, General; Social Work; Journalism; Language, Rhetoric and Composition; Political Science, General; History, Latin American; History, Middle Eastern
Agenda Setting, Crisis, Darfur, Haiti, Newspaper, Rhetorical Criticism
Communication | Islamic World and Near East History | Journalism Studies | Latin American History | Mass Communication | Political Science | Rhetoric and Composition | Social Influence and Political Communication
Whalen, Melissa, "Disease, War, and Famine in the Sudan and Haiti: A Crisis Noticed and a Crisis Ignored" (2013). Masters Theses. 254.
The media acts as a gatekeeper and decides what material to cover and what not to cover. In order to better understand why one disaster receives media coverage and another crisis is virtually unnoticed by the media, the motives behind covering one story over another is analyzed in this study. Three major American newspaper articles concerning the Haitian earthquake and the crisis in Darfur are examined in order to discover the media's motives for covering Haiti over Darfur.
Islamic World and Near East History Commons, Journalism Studies Commons, Latin American History Commons, Mass Communication Commons, Political Science Commons, Rhetoric and Composition Commons, Social Influence and Political Communication Commons