An examination of news values and the proliferation of Western ideology in global media through a case study of coverage of the Rwandan Genocide in Irish newspapers

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Teeling, Lauren
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BA (Hons) Arts
Dublin Business School
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This Final Year Project is primarily concerned with the effect of media globalisation, news values and news framing on coverage of the Rwandan genocide 1994 within two prominent Irish newspapers, The Iri sh Times and The Evening Herald from the 6th - 21st of April 1994. This time frame was chosen as it details news coverage from Rwanda from the day of the assassination of Presidents' Juvenal Habyarimana of Rwanda and Cyprien Ntaryamiria of Burundi . instigating the mass murder of approximately 800,00 people, to the day the United Nations Security Council voted to end the United Nations Assistance Mission in Rwanda.(UNAMIR). Media coverage of the Rwandan genocide dissipates greatly after this date. The Rwandan genocide was chosen as a case study due to the brevity of news coverage it received in comparison to other humanitarian crises such as those in Kosovo and the former Yugoslavia. Secondary resources on the fields of media globalisation, news values and the CNN Effect were gathered for the purpose of literary review from the Dublin Business School library in Aungier street, Dublin, The National Library of Ireland, Kildare Street, Dublin and the lIac library, Dublin. The Irish Times and Evening Herald newspaper articles were gathered for analysis from the Ilac Library and the National Library of Ireland, Dublin. The newspaper articles are examined within the frameworks of context, news values and framing to assess what effects if any, these elements had on the coverage of the Rwandan genocide in the Irish media in April 1994.