It is on the front page of newspapers, the cover of news magazines,
the home page of news organizations' Web sites, and the agenda of
most other media. The military conflict in Iraq has given the mass
media something to talk about.
But what happens during a slow news period?
Journalists are often accused of turning non-events into huge stories
by concentrating so much coverage on single or rare occurrences.
Viewers, listeners and readers may develop a skewed perception of
the story as a result.
What happens when audiences base decisions on this perception?
That is one of many questions raised in this project.
The first part of its title, “Have Newspaper,” actually
represents all mainstream news media, referring to the receipt of
mass communicated messages. The second part, “Will Travel?,”
denotes both a specific reaction to the messages and the overall
concept of influenced behavior.
It is hard to empirically measure some effects due to the presence
of other variables. People may behave a certain way even without
For this reason, the project does not suggest causality or reach
conclusions. It only explores the issue by looking at previous studies
involving crisis reporting and some newer circumstances possibly
involving media-affected behavior.
Given the media images presented during each story period, would
you still travel to that region?