ERIC Number: ED248513
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Aug
Reference Count: 0
World Images in Newsmagazine Pictures: A Preliminary Study.
A study investigated how news photographs in "Time" and "Newsweek" have portrayed the world to their readers. News photographs about foreign nations were selected from 60 issues of each magazine for the years 1971, 1976, and 1980. The picture's subject, size, country, and source, and the section in which it appeared were recorded. Results indicated that nonviolent events dominated the content of news pictures in both magazines for all three years, with human interest and government/political affairs the dominant themes. The total percentage of violent pictures increased from 1971 to 1980 in "Time," while human interest pictures increased in "Newsweek." Most pictures about foreign countries were found in the world affairs sections of the magazines, and more than 70% of them were related to either world politics or world business. The main sources for the pictures were staff photographers, wire services, photographic agencies, and independent photographers ("stringers"). Western and Eastern European countries received relatively more favorable coverage in the pictures than did other countries, and regions such as Africa, Latin America, and the Pacific Islands/Australia/New Zealand were rarely presented as subjects. (Author/FL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Newsmagazines; Newsweek Magazine; Time Magazine
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (67th, Gainesville, FL, August 5-8, 1984).