Title

News on the rocks: Exploring the agenda-setting effects of Blood Diamond in print and broadcast news

Publication Title

Media, War & Conflict

Publication Date

2012

Document Type

Article

DOI

10.1177/1750635212447909

Keywords

agenda-setting theory, consumerism, framing

Disciplines

Communication

Abstract

This article explores cinematic and journalistic treatments of issues, focusing on the movie Blood Diamond (2006, dir. Edward Zwick) and news coverage of conflict diamonds. First, the author examines Hollywood’s impact on news, highlighting central ideas of agenda-setting theory and framing as well as the potential for synergistic influences on news due to concentration of media ownership. Second, she discusses the themes and narrative techniques of Blood Diamond, as well as its messages about the diamond trade, American consumerism, and journalistic norms and responsibilities. Third, she assesses print and broadcast news regarding conflict diamonds in the wake of the movie’s release. Finally, she suggests areas for research into linkages between film and news as industries and forms of mass communication.

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