This book overviews and reconsiders media organizations - the news agencies - which report and film the news for the press and broadcast media. Incorporating institutional, historical, political economic and cultural studies perspectives, the book: reviews agency provision of general news, video news and financial news; analyzes agency-state relations through periods of dramatic social upheaval; and critically examines the impact of deregulation and globalization on the news agency business. Contributors consider how leading players like Reuters and Associated Press help to define the nature of both the Global and the Local as well as focusing on the network of relations between international and national agencies. The book

The Globalization of News

The globalization of news
OliverBoyd-Barrett and TerhiRantanen

It is commonplace to repeat that modernity is inherently globalizing, even if there is disagreement as to whether the process of globalization began before modernity or was solely its consequence, or whether modernity has merely transformed the nature of globalization. There is much discussion about the effects of globalization on consciousness and on the micro level of social behaviour (See Tomlinson, 1991, for one of the best of recent syntheses, and Giddens, 1990). Even though there is still a great deal of work to be done at this level (see Sreberny-Mohammadi, 1991 and Boyd-Barrett, 1997, for a discussion of the limitations of our existing knowledge, even in the realm of media) there is a danger that ...

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