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Foreign Correspondence

1st Edition

Edited by John Maxwell Hamilton, Regina G. Lawrence


140 pages

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Despite the importance of foreign news, its history, transformation and indeed its future have not been much studied. The scholarly community often calls attention to journalism’s shortcomings covering the world, yet the topic has not been systematically examined across countries or over time. The need to redress this neglect and the desire to assess the impact of new media technologies on the future of journalism – including foreign correspondence – provide the motivation for this stimulating, exciting and thought-provoking book.

While the old economic models supporting news have crumbled in the wake of new media technologies, these changes have the potential to bring new and improved ways to inform people of foreign news. In an increasingly globalized era, journalism is being transformed by the effortlessly quick sharing of information across national boundaries. As such, we need to reconsider foreign correspondence and explore where such reporting is headed. This book discusses the current state and future prospects for foreign correspondence across the full range of media platforms, and assesses developments in the reporting of overseas news for audiences, governments and foreign policy in both contemporary and historical settings around the globe.

As Emmy Award and Pulitzer Prize-winning correspondent Serge Schmemann reminds us in this book, "quality journalism and unbiased reporting are as valid and necessary today as they ever were […] one of the primary tasks of journalists and scholars as they follow the changes taking place must be to ensure that the ‘new international information order’ now imposed by the Internet remains true to the ideals and traditions that define our journalism."

This book was originally published as a special issue of Journalism Studies.

Table of Contents

Preface Bob Franklin 1. Introduction: Foreign Correspondence John Maxwell Hamilton and Regina Lawrence 2. Normalcy and Foreign News: Woodward's Law Cleo Joffrion Allen and John Maxwell Hamilton 3. The (Many) Markets for International News: How News from Abroad Sells at Home James T. Hamilton 4. From Murrow to Mediocrity? Radio Foreign News from World War II to the Iraq War Raluca Cozma 5. Bridging Past and Future: Using History and Practice to Inform Social Scientific Study of Foreign Newsgathering John Maxwell Hamilton and Regina Lawrence 6. International Television News: Germany Compared Christian Kolmer and Holly A. Semetko 7. The Morality Play: Getting to the Heart of Media Influence on Foreign Policy Derek Miller 8. Transnational Journalism, Public Diplomacy, and Virtual States Philip Seib 9. Networks and the Future of Foreign Affairs Reporting Steven Livingston and Gregory Asmolov 10. Looking Forward: The Future of Foreign Correspondence Serge Schmemann

About the Editors

John Maxwell Hamilton is executive vice-chancellor & provost and professor of journalism at Louisiana State University, USA. He reported in the United States and abroad as a journalist and served on the staff of House Foreign Affairs Committee and at the Agency for International Development. His most recent book is Journalism’s Roving Eye: A History of American Newsgathering Abroad, which won the 2009 Goldsmith Prize.

Regina G. Lawrence is Jesse H. Jones Centennial Chair the School of Journalism, University of Texas at Austin, USA. Recent publications include When the Press Fails: political power and the news media from Iraq to Katrina (2007, with W. Lance Bennett and Steven Livingston) and Hillary Clinton’s Race for the White House: gender politics and the media on the campaign trail (2009, with Melody Rose). She has published studies analyzing news coverage of issues ranging from welfare reform, shootings in public schools, the obesity epidemic, the anthrax attacks of 2001, and television coverage of the September 11 terrorist attacks.

About the Series

Journalism Studies

Theory and Practice

The journal Journalism Studies was established at the turn of the new millennium by Bob Franklin. It was launched in the context of a burgeoning interest in the scholarly study of journalism and an expansive global community of journalism scholars and researchers. The ambition was to provide a forum for the critical discussion and study of journalism as a subject of intellectual inquiry but also an arena of professional practice. Previously, the study of journalism in the UK and much of Europe was a fairly marginal branch of the larger disciplines of media, communication and cultural studies; only a handful of Universities offered degree programmes in the subject. Journalism Studies has flourished and succeeded in providing the intended public space for discussion of research on key issues within the field, to the point where in 2007 a sister journal, Journalism Practice, was launched to enable an enhanced focus on practice-based issues, as well as foregrounding studies of journalism education, training and professional concerns. Both journals are among the leading ranked journals within the field and publish six issues annually, in electronic and print formats. From the outset, the publication of themed issues has been a commitment for both journals. Their purpose is first, to focus on highly significant or neglected areas of the field; second, to facilitate discussion and analysis of important and topical policy issues; and third, to offer readers an especially high quality and closely focused set of essays, analyses and discussions; or all three.

The Journalism Studies: Theory and Practice book series draws on a wide range of these themed issues from both journals and thereby extends the critical and public forum provided by them. The Editor of the journals works closely with guest editors to ensure that the books achieve relevance for readers and the highest standards of research rigour and academic excellence. The series makes a significant contribution to the field of journalism studies by inviting distinguished scholars, academics and journalism practitioners to discuss and debate the central concerns within the field. It also reaches a wider readership of scholars, students and practitioners across the social sciences, humanities and communication arts, encouraging them to engage critically with, but also to interrogate, the specialist scholarly studies of journalism which this series provides.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Media Studies