Date of Award

Spring 5-2015

Degree Type

Honors College Thesis


Foreign Languages and Literature

First Advisor

Joanne Burnett

Advisor Department

Foreign Languages and Literature


It is easy to forget that people all across the world read about the same events that you do, albeit published by different media outfits. What they read, though, can differ drastically. This study analyzed the New York Times and Le Monde for their content in reporting. Articles were examined from each paper to better understand what the focus, themes, and views were on the conflict in the Central African Republic, as expressed by each respective media outlet. Literature was collected to establish a basic knowledge of French colonialism and the Central African Republic. All of the selected articles for this study were published from November 26th, 2013 to December 6th, 2014. The French stories were translated and then analyzed qualitatively and quantitatively with the American articles in order to identify any differences and similarities present. The overall goal of this study was to add content to the body of knowledge pertaining to how media reflects the relationships between France and its former colonies and to compare this with American reporting on the same issue.