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Global News

Reporting Conflicts and Cosmopolitanism

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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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Figure 3.1. Number of different countries occurring in headlines of Al Jazeera English, BBC World, CNN International and Russia Today, January 2011 & January 2013 combined (233 broadcasts coded) and the number of countries occurring in ‘crisis’ headlines (figures in parentheses).

Table 3.1. Headlines in Al Jazeera English, BBC World, CNN International and Russia Today, January 2011 & January 2013 combined (233 broadcasts coded), distributed according to whether they are the sort of crisis referred to by Cottle (2009, ‘Cottle heads’), other sorts of crisis (violent or violently repressed protests, political crises, other), and whether they can be considered ‘global’ (“encompass or move across geographical terrains and political territories”).

Table 3.2. Crises headlines in Al Jazeera English, BBC World, CNN International and Russia Today, January 2011 & January 2013 combined (233 broadcasts coded) distributed according to crisis category.

Table 3.3. Distribution of material in the analysis of ‘Arab uprising’ reporting

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