Graffitti on the Wall. Reading History Through News Media: The role of news media in historical crises, in the case of the collapse of the Eastern bloc in Europe 1989.

Duffield, Lee R. (2002) Graffitti on the Wall. Reading History Through News Media: The role of news media in historical crises, in the case of the collapse of the Eastern bloc in Europe 1989. James Cook University.

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The thesis reviews the engagement of news media in the collapse of communism in Eastern Europe in 1989, most vividly represented by the opening of the Berlin Wall. It uses field observations of the author as a jouralist of the time, extensive interviews with other news correspondents, a review of historical writing on the period, and an exhaustive review of the coverage given by six major news outlets. The work sees the change in Europe being driven by mass social movements, but also examines conventional, institutional politics at work, and describes the engagement of news media in the historical situation as it unfolds. It determines that the daily coverage by leading Western news media judged in terms of accuracy and perspective was successful, validated by later evaluations. It is informed by theoretical writing on mass social movements and on journalistic news values. It concludes by suggesting that the approach followed, a review of history from the perspective of news media of the day, could be applied to many other situations.

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ID Code: 3904
Item Type: Thesis
Refereed: Yes
Additional Information: PhD thesis completed in 2002 at James Cook University by Lee Duffield, Journalism Lecturer at Queensland University of Technology, 2006. Image from pages 3 and 4 removed for copyright reasons. For more information please contact the author: l.duffield@qut.edu.au
Keywords: Berlin Wall, media, correspondents, Eastern bloc, mass social movements, Leipzig, Gorbachev, Kohl, Hoenecker
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Department: School of Languages, Literature and Communication
Institution: James Cook University
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2002 Lee R. Duffield
Deposited On: 08 May 2006 00:00
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2010 12:31

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