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.

When does Something Become World News?

When does Something Become World News?

When does something become world news?

The History of Ruptures and Continuities

Today we live in an environment where … news comes like a shock every few hours; where continually new news programs keep us from ever finding out the details of the previous news. …

Might it not be that we do not build experiences it was possible to do decades ago, and if so wouldn't that have a bearing upon all our educational efforts?

Paul Lazarsfeld, ‘Remarks on communication research’.1

As we have noted before (in Chapter 2) there is something very ambivalent about news, in its relation to discontinuity and continuity. Identifying something as news somehow implies a discontinuity, a rupture, even an eruption. Yet this foregrounding only acquires its meaning ...

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