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International News Flow Online

Global Views with Local Perspectives

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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 3. The Economic Newsworthiness of Countries

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THE ECONOMIC NEWSWORTHINESS OF COUNTRIES

The newsworthiness of a country has been almost always studied in the world news section. There are much fewer studies on country mentions in specific news sections (such as business, entertainment, or technology news), and none of them has examined the news-flow theory in those specific contexts. The current chapter aims at studying the validity of the news-flow theory in the economic or business news, which has recently become more popular among newsreaders from around the world. It reports the results of a study conducted with Menahem Blondheim and Maria Angeles-Cabrera (Blondheim et al., 2015).1

In the previous chapters it was found that the size and power of a country, and particularly its economic power, are important factors of its news prominence around the world. These factors belong to the national trait group of variables. As one might expect, the following chapter further shows that the economic power of a country is even more significant in predicting the newsworthiness of countries in the economic or business news section.

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