Journal of
Media and Communication Studies

  • Abbreviation: J. Media Commun. Stud.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 2141-2545
  • DOI: 10.5897/JMCS
  • Start Year: 2009
  • Published Articles: 223

Full Length Research Paper

Cross-national content analysis of the coverage of the 2008 Russia-Georgia conflict

Petya Eckler1 and Yusuf Kalyango2*
  1School of Journalism and Mass Communication, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA 52242,Iowa, United States. 2Institute for International Journalism, Ohio University, Scripps School of Journalism, 205 Scripps Hall, Athens, OH 45701, United States.
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  •  Accepted: 08 February 2012
  •  Published: 31 March 2012



This study compares media framing of the Russia-Georgia conflict across leading news outlets in Romania, Bulgaria, Ukraine and Russia. A content analysis of 288 stories from eight news media outlets in these countries examined two major frames – reactionary depiction and partisan alignment. Results show that Russian and Ukrainian news outlets covered the conflict through the partisan alignment frame but with different categories from it. Romanian news outlets covered events with a reactionary depiction frame, while the Bulgarian news outlets covered the conflict with both frames.


Key words: Media framing, conflicts, Russia, Georgia, reactionary depiction, partisan alignment.