Global Media, Digital Journalism and the Question of Terrorism: An Empirical Inquest on ISIS

© Media Watch 10 (2) 212-224, 2019

ISSN 0976-0911 e-ISSN 2249-8818

DOI: 10.15655/mw/2019/v10i2/49619

Global Media, Digital Journalism and the Question of Terrorism: An Empirical Inquest on ISIS

Okorie Nelson, Lanre Amodu, Ajibade Jegede,

Evaristus Adesina, & Olomola Martins

Covenant University, Nigeria


This study examined the role of digital journalism on insecurity and terrorist attacks of ISIS as reported by media outlets. This study was anchored on the framing theory, which stipulates that the digital media as the machinery of development communication for creating awareness of security issues. The method adopted was content analysis, which analyzed 30 news videos of ISIS terrorist activities based on Youtube. Also, four research questions were adequately answered in this study. From the findings, global media outlets framed their reports to secure sympathy from its global audience for the victims of extreme violence. The result indicated that more than 70% of CNN news reports were framed on the nature of terrorist attacks by ISIS. CNN built a media agenda on the patterns of attacks by ISIS. It was recommended that global media outlets should give sufficient attention to issues of security and terrorism across the globe.

Keywords: Digital journalism, Framing, ISIS, security, and terrorism


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Okorie Nelson (Ph.D. Covenant University, 2013) is a senior Lecturer in the Department of Mass Communication, Covenant University, Nigeria. His areas of academic interest are development communication and media studies.

Lanre Amodu (Ph.D., Covenant University, 2012) is a senior Lecturer in the Department of Mass Communication, Covenant University. His research related to development communication and public relations.

Jegede Ajibade (Ph.D., Covenant University, 2013) is a Lecturer in the Department of Sociology, Covenant University. His research area focuses on ICTs and criminology.

Evaristus Adesina is a Doctoral Researcher and an Assistant Lecturer of Mass Communication in Covenant University. His areas of research include health communication, public relations, development communication, mass media and society.

Olomola Martins is a undergraduate student in the Department of Mass Communication at Covenant University. His areas of research include among others; development communication, mass media and society.