Media Studies: Why 9/11 and Digital Media Pose New Problems and Opportunities for the Study of News

  • Mark FinneyEmail author


In the years since 2001, Media Studies has undergone considerable changes, some of which are related to 9/11. This chapter explores those changes by responding to five distinct yet related questions. First, how does news present domestic issues differently from international issues? Second, how has reporting changed since 2001? Third, what are some of the content differences across news delivery platforms? Fourth, in what ways are political influences exerted over presentations and coverage of particular issues? And, finally, how are diverse national, social, political, racial, and religious groups represented in the news media? The answers find that while 9/11 was not a catalytic event that generated changes to Media Studies, the post-9/11 environment is different, and many of those differences are related to the events of that day.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Mass CommunicationsEmory & Henry CollegeEmoryUSA

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