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The discipline of communication has grown in popularity from the time professors of journalism and speech decided, in the mid-1960s, that the term “communication” was an excellent general descriptor for the theory and research that each group aspired to create.  Over time, the two groups grew closer and recognized significant overlap in their theoretical and research interests, but there were also differences in their traditions that kept them apart.  While both groups agreed that communication is a practical discipline, journalism professors focused a great deal of their attention on the education of media professionals.  Speech professors, on the other hand, often were more oriented to the liberal arts and valued the fact that communication could be approached from a variety of traditions, including the arts, ...

International Journalism
International journalism

International journalism in the 21st century has largely been defined by transformative changes in communication technologies and a growing culture of democratization around the world (Thussu, 2006). New communication technologies have made it easier for information to travel across borders, while the democratization wave around the world has led to greater freedom of expression in global societies and a rising growth in grassroots and community media. The overarching changes have created a vibrant civil society and a new generation of empowered citizens who expect to have an active voice in deciding the issues of the day in their societies. As a result, journalism in the newly democratizing nation-states of Eastern Europe, Asia, Africa, and Latin America is in search of an appropriate ...

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