A Journalism student investigating the reporting of the Rwandan genocide of 1994, by the 'Western media', is appealing for assistance in compiling her dissertation.
Among other things, Emma Smith – who is in fourth year at Edinburgh Napier University – is trying to get a sense of how story positioning in a newspaper impacts on how important the story is perceived to be.
She has set up an online survey, seeking responses.
She told allmediascotland: “My dissertation is an examination of the Western media's coverage of the genocide and includes content analysis of The Guardian and New York Times. With the survey, I'm trying to find out if there was a link between lack of front page coverage and readers not fully understanding the extent of the atrocities.”