Taking Back the News? A Study of Muslim Media in North America as Alternative Media

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Aqueel, Naureen




This thesis examines the role of Muslim media in providing unique discourses in the media landscape that differ from the mainstream media. Two print Muslim newspapers, The Muslim Link and Muslim Link, are used as a case study to explore how the journalism, goals and practices of the Muslim media differ from the mainstream media. A mixed method approach, comprising comparative content analysis, discourse and text analysis and interviews, is used in the study. The content of both Muslim newspapers is compared to the mainstream newspapers of their respective regions. Drawing from theoretical perspectives on alternative media, the findings show, in varying ways, that these Muslim newspapers are able to provide an alternative in terms of their coverage, representations and discourses. The newspapers are also able to foster social and political engagement in their communities and in many ways attempt to write the Muslim community’s own narrative about itself.






Carleton University

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