Mediatized Conflict and Visual News Framing

How Swiss Audiences React to News Images from the Syrian War

in Middle East Journal of Culture and Communication
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The Syrian conflict has challenged both the ways of reporting war and its impact on the public. However, only a few empirical studies have tried to assess public reactions to representations of war. In this paper, we use an empirically-based study that combines quantitative and qualitative methods to assess how Swiss audiences react to crisis reporting and visual news framing in French-speaking Swiss media. The study offers a preliminary understanding of how people react to images in the media, especially with respect to military and political contexts, and also builds a visual map of how audiences process information contained in news images of war.

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In 2015, the Office fédéral de la statistique reported similar data: 41.3 % of women and 37.4 % of men have a high school degree from a professional school (apprenticeship). Only 23.7 % of women and 28 % of men have a university or professional college degree (Office fédéral de la statistique 2015).

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In 2012, the Office fédéral de la statistique reported similar data. In the three linguistic regions, people spend on average 30 minutes per day consuming news (Office fédéral de la statistique 2012).

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