Scholarly literature concerning terrorism and the media spans decades and disciplines with a dramatic increase after 9/11. This state-of-the-art review assesses the strengths, limitations, and gaps in recent scholarship on mainstream mass-mediated news coverage of terrorism and outlines an agenda for research that cuts across traditional context based divisions of communication research. It begins by synthesizing various conceptions of terrorism as communication and discussing models of terrorism's relationship to the media. It then considers empirical studies of media content in television, print, Internet, and multi modal international news coverage of terrorism that cut across interpersonal, organizational, religious, and new media subfields of the communication discipline.
Keranen, Lisa, and Virginia Sanprie. 2008. "Oxygen of Publicity and Lifeblood of Liberty: Communication Scholarship on Mass Media Coverage of Terrorism for the Twenty-First Century." In Communication Yearbook 32. New York, NY:Routledge, 231-275.