The Islamic State in the news

Autor(en)
Christian von Sikorski, Jörg Matthes, Desiree Schmuck
Abstrakt

We examined how the journalistic differentiation of Muslims from Islamist terrorists and terror news proximity (i.e., proximity of terroristic acts to viewing audience) influence the effects of news reports about terrorism by the Islamic State on Islamophobic attitudes. Drawing from social identity theory, findings from two experimental studies revealed that coverage not clearly distinguishing Muslims from Islamist terrorists (i.e., undifferentiated coverage) activated negative stereotypes about Muslims and, in turn, heightened Islamophobic attitudes. However, terror news proximity did not affect audiences’ reactions of fear, negative stereotypes about Muslims, or Islamophobic attitudes. We discuss the implications of those findings for research on terrorism as well as for journalistic practice.

Organisation(en)
Institut für Publizistik- und Kommunikationswissenschaft
Journal
Communication Research (CR)
Band
48
Seiten
203-232
Anzahl der Seiten
30
ISSN
0093-6502
DOI
https://doi.org/10.1177/0093650218803276
Publikationsdatum
10-2018
Peer-reviewed
Ja
ÖFOS 2012
508007 Kommunikationswissenschaft, 508014 Publizistik
Schlagwörter
ASJC Scopus Sachgebiete
Communication, Language and Linguistics, Linguistics and Language
Link zum Portal
https://ucris.univie.ac.at/portal/de/publications/the-islamic-state-in-the-news(07fe0367-bb9a-45db-8921-e5c7486e0ab5).html