Al Jazeera and CNN

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The issues that accompany the differences of not-profit and profit media outlets have developed exponentially in the last decade, in which profit media has become more concentrated and there has been an increasing need for not-profit media outlets, such as Al Jazeera. The Cable News Network (CNN) is a profit media giant based out of the United States and has been a leader in domestic and international news since it’s creation in 19801. Al Jazeera is a not-profit media outlet that has provided an unbiased opinion and has been recognized on an international level in the recent years following their reports on Osama Bin Laden in 20012. Al Jazeera has challenged the CNN because it has juxtaposed itself with the few media conglomerates that have monopolized the market and they have highlighted the profit media outlets tendency to “emphasize or ignore stories to serve their corporate purpose” 3. This essay will unpack the issues that accompany the journalistic trends and what drives these trends in both the non-profit media outlet Al Jazeera and the profit media outlet CNN. It will discuss the issues that an emphasis on profits have on the public sphere and overall agenda of a profit media outlet in contrast with the concerns and goals that accompany a non-profit media outlet, specifically Al Jazeera. The experience, from finding, watching, and analyzing the content, of Al Jazeera is very different than that of CNN. When first searching for Al Jazeera content their website, that is free of any outside advertising, is the first return that is discovered. The headlines at the top of the website consist of human rights issues and investigations, the common headline “entertainment”, that is present on almost every profit media conglomera... ... middle of paper ... ...st,” Transcript: accessed November 8, http://www.carnegiecouncil.org/studio/multimedia/20020415/index.html/:pf_printable. Seckjun Jang, “A Comparative Content Analysis of Wartime News Sources: CNN and Al-Jazeera,” Conference Papers- International Communication Association (2006): accessed November 8, http://web.ebscohost.com.proxy1.lib.uwo.ca/ehost/pdfviewer/pdfviewer?sid=e07d26c1-c82d-442a-be77-caa795b69367%40sessionmgr111&vid=14&hid=119. Kristina Riegert, “The Struggle for Credibility during the Iraq War,” Conference Papers- International Communication Association (2005): accessed November 8, http://web.ebscohost.com/ehost/pdfviewer/pdfviewer?sid=fb0ff5af-8788-4cb7-9eca-4c328aa ae743%40sessionmgr112&vid=3&hid=112. David Croteau and William Hoynes, The Business of Media: Corporate Media and the Public Interest (California: Pine Forge Press, 2006), 156-157.
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