From pigeons to news portals : foreign reporting and the challenge of new technology /

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Imprint:Baton Rouge : Louisiana State University Press, c2007.
Description:viii, 214 p. : ill. ; 22 cm.
Language:English
Series:Media & public affairs
Subject:Foreign news.
Journalism -- Technological innovations.
Foreign news.
Journalism -- Technological innovations.
Format: Print Book
URL for this record:http://pi.lib.uchicago.edu/1001/cat/bib/7126862
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Other authors / contributors:Perlmutter, David D., 1962-
Hamilton, John Maxwell.
ISBN:9780807132807 (cloth : alk. paper)
0807132802 (cloth : alk. paper)
9780807132821 (pbk. : alk. paper)
0807132829 (pbk. : alk. paper)
Notes:Includes bibliographical references (p. 183-196) and index.
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The end product of a symposium on foreign reporting held at Louisiana State University's Manship School of Mass Communication, this volume gathers essays that examine the subject from several perspectives yet produce a comprehensive, unified whole. Two major themes run through the essays: multiple sources and speed. With regard to the former, the essays reveal that the distinction between foreign and domestic news has disappeared. If someone in the US receives a report about events in the US via Al Jazeera, is that foreign or local news? At the same time, the sources of "news" have greatly expanded. The Kuwait government hired a high-powered Washington, DC, public relations firm to present its case after the Iraq invasion. If Iraq had taken this approach, the First Gulf War might never have occurred. The point: the public is no longer dependent on foreign correspondents from mainstream media. With regard to speed, the collection observes that, in former days, the time that elapsed between overseas events and reports of them allowed for thinking and evaluating; now reactions are immediate and sometimes ill advised. Is faster necessarily better? Each essay has endnotes, and the bibliography is good. Summing Up: Recommended. All readers, all levels. P. E. Kane emeritus, SUNY College at Brockport

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