We cannot verify your location
Browse Book and Journal Content on Project MUSE
OR

Through Their Eyes

Foreign Correspondents in the United States

Stephen Hess

Publication Year: 2005

Americans often forget that, just as they watch the world through U.S. media, they are also being watched. Foreign correspondents based in the United States report news and provide context to events that are often unfamiliar or confusing to their readers back home. Unfortunately, there has been too little thoughtful examination of the foreign press in America and its role in the world media. Through Their Eyes fills this void in the unmistakable voice of Stephen Hess, who has been reporting on reporting for over a quarter century. Globalization is shrinking the planet, making it more important than ever to know what is going on in the world and how those events are being interpreted elsewhere. September 11 was a chilling reminder that how others perceive us does matter, like it or not. Hess seeks to answer three basic yet essential journalistic questions: Who are these U.S.-based foreign correspondents? How do they operate? And perhaps most important, what do they report, and how? Informed by scores of interviews and armed with original survey research, Hess reveals the mindset of foreign correspondents from a broad sample of countries. He examines how reporting from abroad has changed over the past twenty years and addresses the daunting challenges facing these journalists, ranging from home-office politics to national stereotypes. Unique among works on the subject, this book provides an engaging and humanizing "Day in the Life…" section, illustrating how foreign correspondents conduct their daily activities. This book continues the author's comprehensive Newswork series on the nexus of media, government, and politics. These five books, starting with The Washington Reporters (Brookings, 1981), have become valuable reference materials for all who seek to understand this intersection of journalism and government. Through Their Eyes furthers that rich tradition, making it essential and enjoyable reading.

Published by: Brookings Institution Press

Title Page

pdf iconDownload PDF (52.3 KB)
 

Contents

pdf iconDownload PDF (54.9 KB)
pp. vii-viii

read more

Foreword

pdf iconDownload PDF (51.4 KB)
pp. ix-xi

Steve Hess’s work on the interaction between the press and the government is a signature Brookings product. As a former reporter myself and a long-time admirer of Steve’s work, I’m proud to be associated with this, the sixth volume in the Newswork series, which began in 1981 with the publication of The Washington Reporters. ...

read more

Guide: The nature of this study and where it fits in the Newswork series

pdf iconDownload PDF (56.4 KB)
pp. 1-9

In 1977, shortly after Jimmy Carter became president, I made a wish list of three books that I wanted to write, a trilogy to be called Newswork. The first volume would be a study of reporters who cover the U.S. government for domestic news organizations and of how they organize themselves to do their work....

read more

Context: What may or may not appear in the world's media

pdf iconDownload PDF (50.2 KB)
pp. 10-18

Anthony Shadid, the Washington Post reporter who won a Pulitzer Prize in 2004 for his human interest stories from Baghdad, said, in defining foreign correspondence: “It’s the freedom to go to a foreign place, try to understand the situation, and tell the story with a critical, sympathetic eye.”1 ...

read more

Then: What we know about foreign correspondents in America, 1955-88

pdf iconDownload PDF (46.2 KB)
pp. 19-26

The 111 responses to a questionnaire that graduate student Donald A. Lambert mailed to 250 foreign correspondents in the United States in 1955 provide a benchmark against which later surveys can be compared. His survey documented a group of predominantly male (there were only six women), well-educated (fifteen had doctoral degrees), ...

WHO THEY ARE

read more

Patterns: Some findings, 1999-2003

pdf iconDownload PDF (75.8 KB)
pp. 29-42

The foreign press corps in the United States experienced a growth spurt in the second half of the twentieth century, from 616 correspondents in 1964 to more than three times that number in 2000, according to the Editor and Publisher International Year Book.1 The biggest increase was in the number of reporters from Asia, ...

read more

Irregulars: The other foreign correspondents

pdf iconDownload PDF (55.3 KB)
pp. 43-49

When in 1999 we surveyed all those whose names appeared on various lists of foreign correspondents in the United States, our analysis showed that 20 percent—one in five—were not full-time journalists. These were the irregulars. “Irregular” is a word with multiple associations—an irregular shape, an irregular verb, an irregular shirt ...

read more

Hollywood: A subject the world loves

pdf iconDownload PDF (51.3 KB)
pp. 50-55

Israel has an insatiable appetite for Hollywood stories,” said Tom Tugend, a Los Angeles stringer for the Jerusalem Post, when we interviewed him in 1999. So, apparently, do Brazil, Australia, and Senegal. Danielle Machado Duran, a freelancer in New York, reported that a Brazilian magazine had just requested an article on the movie The Blair Witch Project. ...

read more

In America: It's not like being in any other country

pdf iconDownload PDF (64.0 KB)
pp. 56-66

I think one of the extraordinary things about being here is periodically getting these feelings of déjà vu as you see streetscapes or squares, and you suddenly think, ‘I’ve been here before,’ and you realize that it was in a movie,” said Patrick Smyth, Washington correspondent for the Irish Times.1 ...

HOW THEY WORK

read more

Time: Adjusting to deadlines around the world

pdf iconDownload PDF (54.7 KB)
pp. 69-76

What distinguishes most foreign correspondents from most other journalists is that often they are separated from their editors and audience by several time zones. Those who work in New York or Washington usually are six hours behind Europe and twelve to fourteen hours ahead of Asia. “The time difference is the hardest part,” ...

read more

Contact: Whereby the home office gains on correspondents

pdf iconDownload PDF (41.0 KB)
pp. 77-82

Contact between foreign correspondents and their home offices has expanded at a dizzying pace. “The CNN effect” was followed by something that could be called “the Google effect.” Besides the quick and cheaper technology that has made interaction between distant reporters and editors possible and affordable, ...

read more

Access: Who sees whom, when, and why

pdf iconDownload PDF (55.3 KB)
pp. 83-93

Among our full-time correspondents, a substantial number—62 percent—complained that they had problems reaching sources because they represented non-U.S. news organizations. Many years ago, when Albert Hunt, then of the Wall Street Journal, was asked why Washington reporters always seemed to be complaining, ...

read more

Help: Foreign correspondents as clients of the U.S. government

pdf iconDownload PDF (44.6 KB)
pp. 94-100

The most valuable help I got from them was probably when they put me in contact with prison staff who could arrange interviews with convicted murderers for a series on violent crime, something that would have been virtually impossible on my own as a foreign journalist,” recalled Gunilla Faringer, a reporter for Swedish newspapers in New York. 1 ...

read more

Borrowed News and the Internet: Where correspondents turn for information

pdf iconDownload PDF (51.0 KB)
pp. 101-106

The connection between reporters and their home offices was not the only aspect of foreign correspondence that was being profoundly changed by the Internet. “Online [access to information] has revolutionized the speed and breadth of research,” noted the BBC’s Philippa Thomas.1 ...

WHAT THEY REPORT

read more

One Day: The stories and the categories they fit in

pdf iconDownload PDF (64.8 KB)
pp. 109-119

We sought answers to the questions of who foreign correspondents are and how they report from the United States, but another question remained: what do they report? Each day produces hundreds of thousands of words in scores of languages. Gathering and translating them would be no small task.. ...

read more

Now: What we know about foreign correspondents in America, the present

pdf iconDownload PDF (53.6 KB)
pp. 120-130

When our story began in 1955, foreign correspondence often appeared to be defined by an elegant web of special relationships between America’s economic and governmental elites in New York and Washington and a coterie of well-bred Western European journalists: Marino de Medici, whose ancestors ...

Appendix A. Foreign Correspondents in the United States, by Place of Origin, 1964 - 2000

pdf iconDownload PDF (37.0 KB)
pp. 131-133

Appendix B. Survey Questionnaire and Illustrative Responses

pdf iconDownload PDF (1.9 MB)
pp. 134-155

Appendix C. Respondents, Surveys, and Interviews

pdf iconDownload PDF (53.1 KB)
pp. 156-164

Notes

pdf iconDownload PDF (81.2 KB)
pp. 165-182

read more

Thanks

pdf iconDownload PDF (24.8 KB)
pp. 179-182

First, my thanks to those who have made Brookings such a glorious place to think and work. In the Governance Studies Program: Gladys Arrisueno, Sarah Binder, E. J. Dionne, Bethany Hase, Robert Katzmann, Paul Light, Thomas Mann, Pietro Nivola, and Kent Weaver. ...

Index

pdf iconDownload PDF (69.8 KB)
pp. 183-195


E-ISBN-13: 9780815735823
E-ISBN-10: 0815735820

Page Count: 195
Publication Year: 2005