ERIC Number: ED217474
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-May
Reference Count: 0
The Cultural Meaning of Foreign News.
Stevenson, Robert L.; Smith, J. Walker
Coverage of two Third World countries, Mexico and Lebanon, by "Time" and "Newsweek" magazines was analyzed by comparing the cultural differences in meanings attached to words used in the magazines to describe the two countries. Stories were collected about the countries from each issue of the magazines published in 1979. The first two paragraphs of each story were searched for words previously identified as having specific cultural values. The results produced no evidence to support the argument that the Third World countries are covered in mostly negative ways. The findings supported the argument that more of the differences found in news coverage of Third World countries are in cultural meanings attached to certain words rather than in differences in descriptions of the countries themselves. (FL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Lebanon; Mexico; Newsweek Magazine; Time Magazine
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the International Communication Association (32nd, Boston, MA, May 2-5, 1982).