Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Bachelor of Communications Honours


Faculty of Communications and Creative Industries


Traditional wire service studies have focused on how international events are judged as newsworthy in newsrooms reluctant to devote space to overseas stories. Studies of framing in reports of the same events usually rely on articles by different journalists from different news groups. During the recent Iraq war, however, considerable space was allocated to an overseas event and Australian newspapers relied on articles transmitted by the same wires. Thus the war provides the opportunity not only to look at how Australian newspapers use wire copy but how that copy is framed. This thesis concentrates on instances where wire copy was used by different newspapers and how the articles are framed. It contrasts reliance on wire services by The Australian and The West Australian in the first three weeks of the war, looks at how Australian papers used individual wire articles and discusses framing of the war in The West Australian.