Title

Family ties: A case study of coverage of families and friends during the hijacking of TWA flight 847.

SelectedWorks Author Profiles:

Deni Elliott

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

1988

Date Issued

1988-01-01

Date Available

2012-12-17

Abstract

When U.S. citizens are held hostage in a foreign land, U.S. journalists have problems making the story meaningful for their readers. The hostages are usually not accessible. The political causes are far too complex to translate well into 90-second nightly news stories or 20-inch newspaper articles. Friends and families of the hostages provide journalists with a way for focusing on the human element of the story. This case study of the 1985 hijacking of TWA 847 illustrates how such a focus can lead to exploitation of friends and family to manipulation of news media.

Comments

Abstract only. Full-text article is available only through licensed access provided by the publisher. Published in Political Communication and Persuasion. 5(1), 67-75.

Language

en_US

Publisher

Taylor & Francis Inc.

Creative Commons License

Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License
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