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Title: Offering a new(s) view of the Arab world : a study of the news production of Al Jazeera
Author: Al-Habsi, Maiya
ISNI:       0000 0004 5355 5608
Awarding Body: University of Leicester
Current Institution: University of Leicester
Date of Award: 2015
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This thesis examines the production of the Al Jazeera broadcast news programme based in Qatar and pays particular attention to the Al Jazeera news form for programme production and journalists’ practice. Acknowledging the significant differences between the programme form adopted by Al Jazeera and other news programming in the Arab news ecology, it explores these as collective knowledge shared by journalists within the production domain and underpinned by a visualisation of the programme’s audiences. The study draws on observations of news practice, in-depth interviews with news workers, and analyses of news content to demonstrate connections between these professional understandings, journalists’ news practices, and the shaping of news discourse. The research shows how the news form and the imagined audience – while representing wider organisational, cultural, and political influences - shape the production process and structure its news output. By tracing the selection and presentation of story themes, actors, language, and images, the thesis concludes that Al Jazeera news programmes mediate significant issues in the Arab world in two ways: first, issues are shaped according to constructed national perspectives; second, others are reconciled according to a view of a particular Arab region frought with conflict and disagreement.
Supervisor: Matthews, Julian; Dickinson, Roger Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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