Communication Faculty Publications

Title

Newsworthiness and Islam: An Analysis of Values in the Muslim Online Press

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

10-2010

Journal Title

Communication Quarterly

Volume

58

Issue

4

First Page

414

Last Page

430

DOI

10.1080/01463373.2010.525153

Abstract

This study examined how the values of the Islamic faith may have an impact on news reporting in several Middle Eastern nations. An analysis of 1,773 stories from 10 online Middle Eastern newspapers indicated that Islam as a way of life has an effect on how domestic news was structured in the presentation of news topic, the actors in the news, the positive or negative orientation of the news, and the use of sources. Previous explanations of newsworthiness in Middle Eastern societies that do not consider the impact of Islamic values may be incomplete in their evaluation of the press.

Keywords

Culture and news, international journalism, Islam, Middle Eastern press, news content, news values, newsworthiness, online journalism