From Pigeons to News Portals
Foreign Reporting and the Challenge of New Technology
Publication Year: 2007
Published by: Louisiana State University Press
Series: Media and Public Affairs
Cover, Title Page, Copyright
1. Introduction: The Challenge of Technological Change in Foreign Affairs Reporting
We live in an age where, as Thomas M. Disch put it, science fiction is the “dreams our stuff is made of.” Every year brings a host of new gadgets that change the methods of communicating with each other and how we interact with our world. Perhaps as remarkable is how quickly innovative technology, from...
2. Rethinking “Foreign News” from a Transnational Perspective
Under globalization, what is foreign news? The notion of “foreign news” implies that internal and external events are neatly separated, yet what characterizes globalization is precisely the opposite. Globalization has been defined as the integration of the world economy, the mixing of cultural traits, the increasing...
3. The Nokia Effect: The Reemergence of Amateur Journalism and What It Means for International Affairs
Economic and technological forces have placed tremendous pressure on traditional journalistic practices and norms. On the economic front, the emphasis placed on proﬁt by the corporate news media starves the pursuit of serious international news while it encourages dramatic but otherwise trivial content. As a result, in the last decade overseas bureaus have been ...
4. Bloggers as the New “Foreign” Foreign Correspondents: Personal Publishing as Public Affairs
As detailed in several other chapters in this book, the definition of “foreign correspondent” is increasingly confounded by new media technology and practices. Heretofore, the term evoked a picture of a ruffled “old China (or Moscow, or Paris, or Beirut) hand” whose baggage trail included a Remington typewriter, a whisky...
5. U.S. Media Teach Negative and Flawed Beliefs about Americans to Youths in Twelve Countries: Implications for Future Foreign Affairs
The emphasis of many of the chapters in this book is on foreign affairs, the journalists who cover it, and how coverage of world events shapes American public opinion about foreign affairs. In other words, we are discussing how what happens “out there” (in other nations) gets reported to us here...
6. Instant Connection: Foreign News Comes In from the Cold
Foreign correspondents have always been the princes of the profession. Independent and resourceful, they roam the world, pursuing conflicts and famines, coups and earthquakes. Much of what they witness and write about is profoundly serious: terror, ethnic conflict, unimaginable poverty. They also file their share...
7. Happy Landings: A Defense of Parachute Journalism
“It’s not news when a plane lands safely.” That is a useful newsroom aphorism to explain what is and what isn’t news. But an exception to the rule occurred on October 19, 1936. That day...
8. The Real-Time Challenge: Speed and the Integrity of International News Coverage
Although real-time news technologies are still evolving, they have already transformed not only the processes of journalism, but also the effects of journalism on the public and policy makers. A problem underlying this transformation—and one that weakens its chances to stimulate constructive change—is journalism’s...
9. Afterword: Technology and the Policy Maker: No Place to Hide (or, Everyone Knows Everything)
The new information technology, platforms, and formats that have emerged within the past decade have transformed the relationship between policy makers and the world in which they function. This new relationship is due, in large measure, as the other contributors to this volume have demonstrated...