Editor's note

After each terrorist attack, the mainstream media outlets seem to have their coverage down to a science: footage of the chaos, “Was it terrorism?” guesswork, and speculation about the perpetrator. But for all the breathless headlines, there continues to be little understanding of the complexities of terrorism and its relationship with Islam. USC Annenberg’s Philip Seib argues that the media have a role to play in combating terrorism, and it’s on them to come up with a more holistic approach to reporting on the topic.

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Breathless reporting accompanies each attack, with little time spent addressing the underlying causes. Nick Lehr/The Conversation via Google

Mainstream media outlets are dropping the ball with terrorism coverage

Philip Seib, University of Southern California, Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism

Terrorist attacks are more than 'breaking news,' but the media aren't taking a comprehensive approach to exploring the underlying issues.

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