The new research presented in this volume suggests that general perceptions (cultural, psychological, geographical), allied to the customs and values of journalism, and underpinned by the uses of technology, significantly shape international news. This gives rise to a blend of the old and the new; traditions of cultural centredness and innovative practices; anchorages of place and the rootlessness of globalization. Technology per se has not swept all before it. On the other hand, its uses have altered the means and methods of international news sourcing, construction and dissemination. Consequently, the uptake of technology has contributed to fundamental changes in style and form, and has greatly facilitated cross-cultural exchanges. The category ‘international news’ is now more of a hybrid, as recognized by the BBC and others. The chapters in this book demonstrate that this hybridity is unevenly distributed across geo-political domains, and often across time. Nevertheless, as the contributors to this volume show, the concept of ‘international news’ relies on tightly interwoven elements of orthodox journalism, social media, civic expression and public assembly.
Table of Contents
I. Introduction 1. Continuity and Change in International News: An Introduction Michael Bromley and Judith Clarke II. The New World of International News 2. From Spotlight to Echo Chamber? Citizen Journalism and International News Michael Bromley 3. Death of the Gatekeeper: Foreign News Reporting and Public Sphere Participation in Africa Levi Obijiofor 4. How Digital Technology Impacts International News Communication: From Integrated Cost to Power Structure Zhou Xiao III. The New Technology of International Journalism 5. Mobile Journalism: The Latest in the Evolution of Newsgathering Stephen Quinn 6. Multi-skilling as a Solution? Changing Workflow and Journalistic Practise and the Implications for International News Trisha Lin Tsui-Chuan IV. The Socialized Effects of Digitized International News 7. Blogging the Imagined Public Sphere on the Chinese Internet: From Autoethnographic Writing to Online Citizen Journalism Wu Weihua 8. Digitized News-image Markets and the Politics of Place: A Critical Exploration of Contemporary Changes to the Global Single Market and the Impact on Public Understanding of Place D.J. Clark 9. News Makers in the Era of Citizen Journalism: The View from India Pradip Thomas V. International News and International Relations in the Digital 21st Century 10. Perceptions of Western Media Coverage of China: Chinese Scholars vs. Foreign Correspondents Based in China Guo Ke 11. Framing China and the United States: The Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s Current Affairs Television Programming at the Start of the Twenty-first Century Leah Xiufang Li VI. Conclusion 12. Foreign Correspondence: One Age Ends; Another Begins John Maxwell Hamilton Notes on contributors Index
Michael Bromley is Head of the School of Journalism and Communication, The University of Queensland.
Judith Clarke is Director of the Institute of Journalism and Society, Department of Journalism, Hong Kong Baptist University.