Date of Award


Degree Name



College of Liberal Arts

Type of Degree


Document Type


First Advisor

Joshua Hagen

Second Advisor

Sarah Brinegar

Third Advisor

Larry Jarrett


Throughout the world media reports of airplanes crashing into the Twin Towers in New York City and the Pentagon in Washington D.C made the front page of every paper almost instantly after September 11, 2001. This unprecedented media event led to the generation of certain key questions in the ways in which the media reports on terrorism. This research is concerned with the ways in which the U.S media has responded to the 9- 11 terrorist attacks through time and space. In examining how U.S based media responds to terrorist attacks we can begin to understand if this response is helpful or detrimental in adding to terrorism. The purpose of this research is to examine the change in the amount and spatial distribution of terror coverage in the United States.


September 11 Terrorist Attacks, 2001 - Press coverage.

Terrorism in mass media.