Martin Innes, Helen Innes, Diyana Dobreva, Steven Cherma, Laura Huey and Alyce McGovern
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From Minutes to Months: A Rapid Evidence Assessment of the Impact of Media and Social Media During and After Terror Events

The Five Country Research and Development Network

Abstract

This document reports findings from a Rapid Evidence Assessment conducted on the role of mass and social media during and after terrorist events. It is designed to bring together and synthesize insights and evidence from the available published research literature to inform future policy and practice development. By promoting understanding of how different forms of mediated communication shape what happens in the aftermath of terror events, the work seeks to reflect changes in both the conduct of terrorism and the contemporary information environment. In particular, the spread of social media has had disruptive and transformative impacts upon press and broadcast journalism, and the ways that terrorist violence is performed.