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International News Flow Online

Global Views with Local Perspectives


Elad Segev

Why are some countries more newsworthy than others? What are the similarities and differences in the scope of international news presented in different languages and cultures? How does international news affect our perception of the world? In this book, Elad Segev explores international news flow on the internet by addressing these key questions.
Segev provides a comparative analysis of the international scope of online newspapers, news portals, and news aggregators in different languages and cultures, using innovative web mining techniques and network analysis. This book explores the theory of news flow around the world, and analyses many of its dimensions such as the global standing of the United States, the Middle Eastern conflicts as seen around the world, and, the effect of financial news. In doing so, the book unveils new patterns, meanings and implications of international news on our perception of the world.
Following these insights, the author discusses the opportunities and challenges of studying international news flow online in the future, and how this field of research can be further developed theoretically and empirically.
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Chapter 2. International News Flow Online


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While there is a common agreement in the literature regarding the most important determinants of country newsworthiness, the empirical study presented in this chapter goes a step further as it attempts to integrate the most important insights of previous studies and examine more specifically the exceptions. In our case, the exceptions are overrepresented or underrepresented countries when their news prominence is explained by traditional factors. Identifying the exceptions can therefore help to understand the limits of the theory, and explore new directions to develop it further based on the large data available online. Additionally, the current chapter dedicates an individual analysis for the news in each country and language in the sample in order to fit the best model for country newsworthiness. As a result of this comparative analysis, a new pattern was discovered, which is common to news sites from all countries. This was referred to as the two-dimensional model, which employs a combination of factors from different groups (national trait, relatedness, and event) taken from different spheres (economic, social and geographic, and political respectively). Together these two analytical approaches—studying the outliers and identifying patterns of best-fit models for newsworthiness in each of the reporting countries—provide a comprehensive understanding of the international news-flow theory and its possible applications in future studies.1 ← 29 | 30 →

Over- and Underrepresented Countries

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