Award Date


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts in Journalism and Media Studies


Journalism and Media Studies

First Committee Member

Greg Borchard, Chair

Second Committee Member

Julian Kilker

Third Committee Member

Gary Larson

Graduate Faculty Representative

David Dickens

Number of Pages



Through a descriptive and qualitative content analysis of Al-Qaeda videos from 2001 to 2010, this thesis describes how the organization's video production has undergone a surge in production quality by using modern technology and skilled recruits. This thesis also provides background on the Islamic culture and the history of Al-Qaeda in order to put into perspective the goals of the organization's framed messages that are incorporated into their videos. The study also draws on parallels of propaganda use throughout history to highlight how regimes from all over the world understand the importance of communication during a time of war.


Communication and the arts; Mass communication; Propaganda; Qaida (Organization); Social sciences; Terrorism; Video recordings


Broadcast and Video Studies | Communication Technology and New Media | Critical and Cultural Studies | International and Intercultural Communication | Journalism Studies