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Foreign News on Television

Where in the World Is the Global Village?

Edited By Akiba Cohen

Spanning several years of research, this book compares and contrasts how public and commercial TV stations present foreign, domestic, and hybrid news from a number of different countries. It examines what viewers of television news think about foreign news, their interest in it, and what sense they make of it. The book also assesses what the gatekeepers of foreign news – journalists, producers, and editors – think about what they produce, and about their viewers.
This book shows that while globalization is a dominant force in society, and though news can be instantaneously broadcast internationally, there is relatively little commonality throughout the world in the depiction of events occurring in other countries. Thus, contrary to McLuhan’s famous but untested notion of the «global village», television news in the countries discussed in this book actually presents more variability than similarity.
The research gathered here is based on a quantitative content analysis of over 17,000 news items and analysis of over 10,000 survey respondents. Seventeen countries are included in this research, offering a rich comparative perspective on the topic.

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List of Tables . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .ix List of Figures . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . xii Acknowledgments . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .xiii Preface . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . xvii Akiba A. Cohen Part 1 The Project 1 Rationale, Design, and Methodologies . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Akiba A. Cohen, Thomas Hanitzsch, Agnieszka Stępińska, William Porath, & Christine Heimprecht 2 The Prevalence of News: Domestic, Foreign, and Hybrid . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23 Agnieszka Stępińska, William Porath, Constanza Mujica, Xiaoge Xu, & Akiba A. Cohen Part 2 Contents 3 Topics in Foreign and Domestic Television News . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41 Knut De Swert, António Belo, Rasha Kamhawi, Ven-hwei Lo, Constanza Mujica, & William Porath 4 Countries of Location and Countries Involved . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 63 Jürgen Wilke, Christine Heimprecht, & Youichi Ito 5 Actors in Foreign News . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 87 António Belo, Elizabeth Godo, Knut De Swert, & André Sendin 6 Formal Features and Sources in Foreign News . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 107 Jürgen Wilke & Christine Heimprecht 7 Foreign News on Public and Commercial Stations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 129 Joseph M. Chan & Francis L.F. Lee Part 3 Viewers 8 Who Uses News, How Much, and Why? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 153 Lars Willnat, David Weaver, Agnieszka Stępińska, & Ven-hwei Lo 9 Interest in Foreign News . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 171 Thomas Hanitzsch, Abby Goodrum, Thorsten Quandt, & Thilo von Pape 10 Countries of Interest . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 191 Thilo von Pape, Thorsten Quandt, Thomas Hanitzsch, & Jacques Alkalai Wainberg AkibaCohen.indd 7 03/05/13 10:51 AM viii | Contents Part 4 Gatekeepers 11 Gatekeepers on Decision-Making in Foreign News . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 209 Constanza Mujica & Thomas Hanitzsch 12 Self-Reflexivity of Gatekeepers on Content and Viewers of Foreign News . . . . . . 225 Lars Willnat & Akiba A. Cohen Part 5 Tying the Knots 13 Linking Content and Audiences: Topics...

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