Date of Award


Document Type

Campus Access Thesis


School of Journalism and Mass Communications

First Advisor

Erik L Collins


Designed to expanded the current body of research related to analyzing photographic content in national and international newspapers, the present study uses quantitative comparative analysis and qualitative framing analysis to examine the similarities and differences in the framing of the 2003 Iraq War. The portrayal of Coalition force soldiers, Iraqi soldiers and Iraqi civilians were examined in 2003 editions of the New York Times and the Tehran Times. There were no significant differences in the overall portrayal of these groups; it was the actions these groups were doing in the photograph that provided levels of significant difference. However, there were apparent differences in the visual frames published in these two newspapers. Recommendations for future research include research comparing newspapers of differing cultural and geographic distances to the Iraq War.