Comparing war images across media platforms: Methodological challenges for content analysis

Susan Keith, Carol B. Schwalbe, Burton Silcock

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Although many news consumers see war images on multiple media platforms, scholars generally have studied those visuals a single medium at a time. This article discusses the challenges of conducting a quantitative content analysis of war images across print, broadcast and online media in a single research project. It details some of the obstacles the authors faced in their examination of visuals of the 2003 US-led invasion of Iraq and offers suggestions for researchers studying images across multiple platforms.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)87-98
Number of pages12
JournalMedia, War and Conflict
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2010



  • Content analysis
  • Methodology
  • Multiple media platforms
  • News magazines
  • Newspapers
  • Photographs
  • Television
  • Visual journalism
  • War
  • Websites

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Political Science and International Relations
  • Communication
  • Sociology and Political Science

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