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International Journalism

International Journalism

August 2011 | 216 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

What is the future of the foreign correspondent - is there one? Tracing the historical development of international reporting, Kevin Williams examines the organizational structures, occupational culture, and information environment in which it is practiced to explore the argument that foreign correspondence is becoming extinct in the globalized world. Mapping the institutional, political, economic, cultural, and historical context within which news is gathered across borders, this book reveals how foreign correspondents are adapting to new global and commercial realities in how they gather, adapt, and disseminate news.

Lucid and engaging, the book expertly probes three global models of reporting – Anglo-American, European, and the developing world – to lay bare the forces of technology, commercial constraint, and globalization that are changing how journalism is practiced and understood.

Essential reading for students of journalism, this is a timely and thought-provoking book for anyone who wishes to fully grasp the core issues of journalism and reporting in a global context.

Introduction: The Changing Nature of Foreign Correspondence
Globalization and International Journalism
The Colonial Legacy: The History of International Journalism
The Big Three: The Organizational Structure of International Journalism
Our Man in Havana: The Occupational Culture of International Journalism
Standard Techniques: News Management and International Journalism
Windows on the World: International Journalism and the New Media
Conclusion: The Death of the Foreign Correspondent?

Kevin Williams has authored an account of "foreign" correspondence and international journalism that is the most comprehensively-sourced, inclusive, contextualized, timely and critical in its field. At last, we have an account that acknowledges that the largest employers of "foreign" correspondents for nearly two hundred years have been and continue to be the news agencies; that the occupation is rooted in a history of imperialism, post-colonialism and commercialization, whose vestiges today are all too apparent; that the impacts of so-called "new media" on the amount, range and quality of international news, while significant, are less dramatic and less positive than commonly supposed
Oliver Boyd-Barrett, PhD
Professor of Journalism, Bowling Green State University, Ohio

With the clarity of a searchlight, the sharpness of a razorblade and an unusual ability to focus on the essential, Professor Williams' book on international journalism provides a foundation from which further debate on global journalism can take place. In outlining the many paradoxes between the global wave in journalism and the demise of the autonomous foreign correspondent, the book provides a setting for anyone interested in the globalization paradoxes
Hans-Henrik Holm
Jean Monnet Professor, Danish School of Media and Journalism

So how will this change the international journalism of the future? Williams possesses no crystal ball but he does have a sound analytical brain and plenty of solid research. His opening chapters give a clear and detailed explanation of the way international journalism works. This covers everything the student, novice or experienced, needs to understand how the news is brought from foreign lands. There are also detailed discussions about the meaning and purpose of foreign news as well as explanations of why foreign news is becoming less important in domestic media
Journalism Education

Ideal for an international journalism course.

Mr Paul Lashmar
School of Arts, Brunel University
March 2, 2014

Brings new perspectives to the understanding of journalism for students who have seen the practice from a narrower viewpoint

Mr David Baines
School of Arts and Cultures, Newcastle University
September 19, 2013

This book takes a very broad sweep across the practice of being a foreign correspondent and offers considerable theoretical detail. The text will be used as part of the year 1 Introduction to Reporting module, which has content that focuses on international journalism, which the book covers very well. The module covers a broad range of introductory elements and this book will be the only recommended text that deals specifically with international journalism.

Allan Boughey
School of Creative Industries, Edinburgh Napier University
May 15, 2013

A well-written, authoritative, collection of work that puts current developments and future trends into their historical context, which is invaluable for students to attain a well-rounded picture of events they are covering. This is such a massive subject area so the risk is that it becomes a shallow overview of too many things, but the book manages to capture so much of it at sufficient depth that it is essential reading for students of International Journalism

Miss Angela Birchall
School of Media, Music & Performance, Salford University
March 8, 2012

This is a valuable and important contribution to our understanding of the purpose, complexities, and problems of international reporting in the 21st century. Each chapter is informative and well researched; Chapter 5, on news management, especially illuminating.

James Rodgers
Media, Culture & Communications, London Metropolitan Uni (North Campus)
January 6, 2012

This is an excellent introduction to some of the key issues facing journalists working internationally. It is a great primer for students eeking to understand these issues either for working as foreign correspondents or wanting to know more about agencies or global journalism.

Professor Chris Frost
Journalism , Liverpool John Moores University
November 8, 2011

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Chapter One

Kevin Williams

Educated at Keele, Lyon II and the London School of Economics, his research interests include: history of war reporting;  newspaper history, media history; European media and history and the mass media and national identity in small nations. He has also written on health and the media with particular reference to the reporting of HIV/AIDS.  More About Author

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