Pictures of War

An Examination of Broadcast News Coverage Depicting Images of War: Description, Effects, and Possible Antidote

This is the Capstone project of Class 06-C of the Department of Defense Joint Course in Communication at the University of Oklahoma March 20 through May 12, 2006.

This study had three purposes. The first was to examine broadcast news visuals of war by specifically employing a content analysis to determine the overall tone of war coverage, and to describe what is covered in television news about the war in Iraq. In addition, an experiment was conducted to examine the impact of broadcast news footage of combat. Finally, to see if inoculation is an effective antidote to the impact of news footage of combat.

Class 06-C

Ms. Raina T. Williams, GS-11, U.S. Navy JOC Clarence Anthony Elder, U.S. Navy
1stLt. Blanca E. Binstock, U.S. Marine Corps MSgt Theresa Ann Shannon, U.S. Air Force
MGySgt. Constance S. Dillard, U.S. Marine Corps Ms. Deborah Mercurio, GS-13, U.S. Air Force
PA2 Adam Eggers, U.S. Coast Guard Capt Carlos A. Díaz, U.S. Air Force
MAJ Sherri K. Reed, U.S. Army Capt Toni J. Tones, U.S. Air Force
Ms. Margaret A. Browne, GS-11, U.S. Army Mr. Juan R. Meléndez, Jr., GS-11, U.S. Army