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
Chapter 12: Alternative News Agencies
Alternative News Agencies
Globalization is no abstract concept for Inter Press Service, the world's largest purveyor of information about the developing nations. Global issues and global interdependence are the core of the agency's news agenda and have a profound effect in shaping its philosophy, structure and financing. IPS 2000, a document laying out the agency's strategy, focuses the IPS editorial product on globalization as a key mechanism of the changing world order (Inter Press Service, 1996a). It notes that there is a ‘mushrooming of threats to humankind at the individual and social levels …and these threats know no geographical or cultural boundaries. They range from environmental pollution, through the collapse of welfare values to denial of basic human rights’. In this context ...