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Global News

Reporting Conflicts and Cosmopolitanism


Alexa Robertson

Global News explores how media representation is conceived and enacted in a world of diversity and transborder flows. Among the ‘new media’ crowding the global mediascape are influential television outlets that promise viewers alternative vantage points to those of established Western broadcasters. The different worlds depicted by Al Jazeera English and Russia Today are compared with those of CNN International and BBC World. At a time when media organizations are slashing their budgets for international reporting, these channels represent a spectrum of financing solutions and relations to political power, being variously privately-, publicly-, or state-owned, backed by corporations, democratic states, authoritarian regimes, and ruling dynasties. Despite their differences, however, they have much in common. Their journalists espouse the universal values of professionalism and objectivity and speak to their global audiences in English. This book explores the different theoretical worlds of global media studies, takes a rare look at content, has a comparative perspective, and moves beyond the conflict frame that has dominated much of the literature in the field.


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A Abbas, W., 47, 48 activists and elites, 5, 57 Adams, P.C., 67, 81 Adolphsen, M., 23 Africa, 5, 6, 42, 105–7 age of imperialism, 5 Al Arabya, 121 Ali, A.H., 75 Al Jazeera effect, 24 Al Jazeera English (AJE), 11, 13–15, 17, 20, 23–26, 28–32, 35–36 Arab uprisings and, 50–52 referendum in Sudan and Palestine Papers and, 50–51 code of ethics and, 29 counter-hegemonic channel and, 26 diversity and, 28, 31, 41 global channel and, 113 global gaze and, 42 imprisonment of three journalists and, 34, 56 narratives of justice and, 76 prototype for the new breed of news organizations and, 25 the South and, 42 space of Europe and, 73–74 statistics and, 14, 28 winning the information war and, 24, 56 See also Arab uprisings, counter hegemonic media, the gaze Albritton, R., 25 American intervention, 77 Americanization, 19 Anglo-Saxon capital, 35 channels, 42 model of media and politics, 14 monopoly, 28 perspectives, 5, 111 anti-capitalist critique, 35 150 global news: reporting conflicts and cosmopolitanism anti-immigration parties, 4, 63, 65 Appadurai, A., 86 Appiah, K.A., 82–83, 87 Arab uprisings, 37, 44, 45–52 authoritarian regimes and violent repres- sion and, 45 Jasmine Revolution, the Arab Spring or the Arab Awakening and, 46, 58 Arendt, H., 65 architectural imagery, 105 Assange, J., 27 Atlas Reports, 37 Azran, T., 23 B BBC/CNN approach, 23 BBC World (BBCW), 5, 13–15, 24, 29, 32, 33, 35–36 Arab uprisings and, 49–50, 57...

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