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dc.contributor.advisor Hamdy, Naila Badr ElDin, Nahla 2014-01-26T10:27:36Z 2014-01-26T16:00:04Z 2013 Fall en 2014-01-26
dc.description.abstract After the police withdrawal in January 2011 from Egypt’ streets, Egyptians tasted another level of fear of crime. Media coverage played a visible role in heightening people’s fear of crime with its intensive and completely uncensored coverage of crime scenes. Nowadays, it has become a common TV News practice to show footage of dead bodies and graphic scenes of violent acts during riots. This study attempted to explore the extent to which scenes of people getting assaulted, kidnapped, tortured, and killed on air cultivates fears inside viewers, specifically youth. The concept resonance occurs when the impact of television amplifies with the real life facts of a specific social group, an example of which is local news broadcasting numerous violent messages related to viewers’ communities which are dissimilar to real crime rates (Morgan & Shanahan, 2010). The results of a sample of 154 undergraduate Egyptian students enrolled at the American University in Cairo showed that the Resonance Hypothesis was observed solely in female students who experienced crime in real life in response to TV newscasts only rather than Talk Shows. These females showed a moderate correlation between TV newscast credibility and the level of fear of crime. The rest of the sample did not show any correlation between TV news credibility and the level of fear of crime. en
dc.description.sponsorship I would like to express my thanks to Dr. Naila Hamdy whose patience and support saw me through tough times. For this, I am truly grateful. To my readers, Dr. Mervat Abu Ouf and Dr. Amani Ismail, I owe a debt of gratitude for your responsiveness and detailed comments. I want to thank Professor Sara Elkhalili for her critical and straightforward comments that enabled me to question my assumptions and stay on track. Very big thanks to Dr. Manal El-Hamalawy, an outstanding educator who inspired me to take things a step further and apply to graduate school I will always remember Dr. Sawsan Shalaby’s constant support and responsiveness. My editor, Mona Hamdy, deserves a word of thanks for assisting with the writing process and agreeing to rush the work in order to meet deadlines. Last but not least, my best friend and colleague, Manal Agrama, for her support through all the challenges. Without all of you, I would not have been able to see this project to completion. en
dc.format.extent 113 p. en
dc.format.medium theses en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.rights Author retains all rights with regard to copyright. en
dc.subject Fear of crime en
dc.subject Television talk shows en
dc.subject.lcsh Thesis (M.A.)--American University in Cairo en
dc.subject.lcsh Fear of crime -- Egypt.
dc.subject.lcsh Television talk shows -- Egypt.
dc.subject.lcsh Egypt -- History -- Protests, 2011-
dc.title The correlation between television news credibility and the level of fear of crime en
dc.type Text en
dc.subject.discipline Communication and Media Arts en
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dc.contributor.department American University in Cairo. Dept. of Journalism and Mass Communication en
dc.description.irb American University in Cairo Institutional Review Board approval has been obtained for this item. en
dc.contributor.committeeMember Abu Ouf, Mervat
dc.contributor.committeeMember Ismail, Amani

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