A lively and critical introduction to the news media, this book has been written specifically for media students and trainee journalists. Understanding Global News invites the reader to explore contemporary journalistic practice, and questions the assumption that the media provide a mere window on the world. Challenging the often unquestioned notions of media objectivity, the author turns the classic questions: Who? What? When? and Why? onto the news media. By employing a range of theoretical perspectives and a large variety of examples, the author demonstrates the way in which our perceptions of the world are constructed by the news media.
- Chapter 1: Introduction
- Chapter 2: What is News, and what is ‘Nothing New’?
- The Philosophy of the Notable and the Inconspicuous
- Chapter 3: Which are the World's most Influential Media?
- The Economics of Rich and Poor Media Markets
- Chapter 4: Who are Journalists and how do they Work?
- The Sociology of Professionals and Laymen
- Chapter 5: Who gets to Speak in the World News?
- The Politics of Loud and Whispering Voices
- Chapter 6: When does Something Become World News?
- The History of Ruptures and Continuities
- Chapter 7: Where does World News come from?
- The Geography of Centres and Peripheries
- Chapter 8: How are Messages Formulated?
- The Linguistics of Lines and between the Lines
- Chapter 9: How do Images come about?
- The Semiology of what is Seen and Overseen
- Chapter 10: What Effects do the Media have?
- The Psychology of Compassion and Misunderstanding
- Chapter 11: Conclusion: Us, we and them