A Study of Comparison Media Coverage Between Mainstream News Website the Star and Alternative News Website the Malaysian Insider on Indigeous Group Issue in 2010

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A STUDY OF COMPARISON MEDIA COVERAGE BETWEEN MAINSTREAM NEWS WEBSITE THE STAR AND ALTERNATIVE NEWS WEBSITE THE MALAYSIAN INSIDER ON INDIGEOUS GROUP ISSUE IN 2010

LOH CHYE MOI

A RESEARCH PROJECT SUBMITTED IN PARTIAL FULFILLMENT OF THE REQUIREMENTS FOR BACHELOR OF COMMUNICATION (HONS) JOURNALISM FACULTY OF ARTS AND SOCIAL SCIENCE UNIVERSITI TUNKU ABDUL RAHMAN

MAY 2011

A STUDY OF COMPARISON MEDIA COVERAGE BETWEEN MAINSTREAM NEWS WEBSITE THE STAR AND ALTERNATIVE NEWS WEBSITE THE MALAYSIAN INSIDER ON INDIGEOUS GROUP ISSUE IN 2010

LOH CHYE MOI

A RESEARCH PROJECT SUBMITTED IN PARTIAL FULFILLMENT OF THE REQUIREMENTS FOR BACHELOR OF COMMUNICATION (HONS) JOURNALISM FACULTY OF ARTS AND SOCIAL SCIENCE UNIVERSITI TUNKU ABDUL RAHMAN

MAY 2011

ACKNOWLEDGEMENT

The research finished with the advices and encouragement by several people. First, I want to thank to Mr Afi Roshezry who is my supervisor. I appreciate his excellent guidance and supervision during the process of doing this research paper. Without his gentle reminder and suggestion, I would not finish this research successfully on time. Secondary, I also thank to Ms Chen Shaua Fui, who is a senior journalist from a Mandarin online news website for provided me advices and suggestion when I faced problems in doing this research. I also wish to thank to my best friends Liew Wen Shi and Ng Hooi Sang who gives me a lot of encourages and suggestion and also special thanks to the latter who worked as second coder in carrying out the research method. Besides, I appreciate all my friends and my juniors who had helped me in complete this paper.

LOH CHYE MOI 08AAB05075

APPROVAL FORM

The research paper with title A study of comparison media coverage between mainstream news website The Star and alternative news website The Malaysian Insider on indigenous group issue in 2010, prepared and submitted by Loh Chye Moi in partial fulfillment required for Bachelor of Communication (Hons) Journalism, is hereby accepted.

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Supervisor Mr Afi Roshezry

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ABSTRACT This study intends to find out the difference of media coverage between The Star as mainstream news website and The Malaysian Insider, alternative news website on problems of indigenous groups in Malaysia. The study of different coverage on indigenous group can use to find out the value of social responsibility of these media in reporting the minority groups in Malaysia. The researcher used both content analysis and survey to study the research question and successful to found out the answer. The content analysis carries out by studying the news coverage on indigenous groups in Malaysia on both media for first half year of 2010. The results indicated that The Star has higher coverage in reporting indigenous groups’ issues as compare to The Malaysian Insider. However, The Star news articles seems to be less comprehensive as compare to the news articles reported in The Malaysian Insider. The survey also found out that majority of respondents lack of knowledge about the indigenous groups in Malaysia and results indicates that The Star plays bigger role and more effective in instilling understand on this indigenous groups issue as compare to alternative news website, The Malaysian Insider.

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DECLARATION

I declare the material generated in this paper is the end result of my own work. The acknowledgement had been given references to all sources whether in printed, electronic and personal form.

The word count of this paper is 10, 875 words.

Name: LOH CHYE MOI ID: 0805075

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TABLE OF CONTENTS Page ABSTRACT DECLARATION LIST OF FIGURES LIST OF TABLE CHAPTERS I

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INTRODUCTION Objective of study Significance of study Research question Problems of statement Literature Review Definition of terms Methodology Scope of study Conclusion

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LITERATURE REVIEW...
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