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Title:
Foreign news : exploring the world of foreign correspondents
Author:
Hannerz, Ulf.
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Publication Information:
Chicago : University of Chicago Press, [2004]

©2004
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xiii, 273 pages ; 24 cm.
Language:
English
Contents:
Media and the world as a single place -- The landscape of news -- Correspondents' careers -- Regions and stories -- Routines, relationships, responses -- World stories -- Writing time.
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ISBN:
9780226315744

9780226315751
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Summary

Foreign News gives us a fascinating, behind-the-scenes look into the practices of the global tribe we call foreign correspondents. Exploring how they work, Ulf Hannerz also compares the ways correspondents and anthropologists report from one part of the world to another.

Hannerz draws on extensive interviews with correspondents in cities as diverse as Jerusalem, Tokyo, and Johannesburg. He shows not only how different story lines evolve in different correspondent beats, but also how the correspondents' home country and personal interests influence the stories they write. Reporting can go well beyond coverage of a specific event, using the news instead to reveal deeper insights into a country or a people to link them to long-term trends or structures of global significance. Ultimately, Hannerz argues that both anthropologists and foreign correspondents can learn from each other in their efforts to educate a public about events and peoples far beyond our homelands.

The result of nearly a decade's worth of work, Foreign News is a provocative study that will appeal to both general readers and those concerned with globalization.


Summary

Foreign News gives us a fascinating, behind-the-scenes look into the practices of the global tribe we call foreign correspondents. Exploring how they work, Ulf Hannerz also compares the ways correspondents and anthropologists report from one part of the world to another.

Hannerz draws on extensive interviews with correspondents in cities as diverse as Jerusalem, Tokyo, and Johannesburg. He shows not only how different story lines evolve in different correspondent beats, but also how the correspondents' home country and personal interests influence the stories they write. Reporting can go well beyond coverage of a specific event, using the news instead to reveal deeper insights into a country or a people to link them to long-term trends or structures of global significance. Ultimately, Hannerz argues that both anthropologists and foreign correspondents can learn from each other in their efforts to educate a public about events and peoples far beyond our homelands.

The result of nearly a decade's worth of work, Foreign News is a provocative study that will appeal to both general readers and those concerned with globalization.


Author Notes

Ulf Hannerz is a professor of social anthropology at Stockholm University. He is the author, most recently, of Cultural Complexity: Studies in the Social Organization of Meaning and Transnational Connections: Culture, People, Places .


Ulf Hannerz is a professor of social anthropology at Stockholm University. He is the author, most recently, of Cultural Complexity: Studies in the Social Organization of Meaning and Transnational Connections: Culture, People, Places .


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Library Journal Review

The term foreign correspondent conjures up images of intrepid men and women leading adventurous and glamorous lives, traveling from one exotic locale to the next. Yet as Hannerz shows in his latest book (following Cultural Complexity and Transnational Connections), the lives of these journalists are also rife with danger, uncertainty, and personal sacrifice. Hannerz (Stockholm Univ.) relies on his training in social anthropology to provide an in-depth study of the culture and social interactions of the correspondents. He details the complexities and nuances of living and working in a country other than one's own and studies his subjects' lifestyles and careers through interviews with them and through fieldwork in several of the major news regions, including the Middle East and Africa. His research also provides insights into such global issues of the day as terrorism. Furthermore, Hannerz gives an overview of the ways foreign correspondents and anthropologists can learn from one another and explains how their unique perspectives can teach the public about different cultures. Similar in scope to Stephen Hess's International News and Foreign Correspondents, this intriguing work is suitable primarily for academic libraries, especially those at journalism schools.-Donna Marie Smith, Palm Beach Cty. Lib. Syst., FL (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Library Journal Review

The term foreign correspondent conjures up images of intrepid men and women leading adventurous and glamorous lives, traveling from one exotic locale to the next. Yet as Hannerz shows in his latest book (following Cultural Complexity and Transnational Connections), the lives of these journalists are also rife with danger, uncertainty, and personal sacrifice. Hannerz (Stockholm Univ.) relies on his training in social anthropology to provide an in-depth study of the culture and social interactions of the correspondents. He details the complexities and nuances of living and working in a country other than one's own and studies his subjects' lifestyles and careers through interviews with them and through fieldwork in several of the major news regions, including the Middle East and Africa. His research also provides insights into such global issues of the day as terrorism. Furthermore, Hannerz gives an overview of the ways foreign correspondents and anthropologists can learn from one another and explains how their unique perspectives can teach the public about different cultures. Similar in scope to Stephen Hess's International News and Foreign Correspondents, this intriguing work is suitable primarily for academic libraries, especially those at journalism schools.-Donna Marie Smith, Palm Beach Cty. Lib. Syst., FL (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Table of Contents

Foreword
Acknowledgments
Introduction: Conversations with Correspondents
1 Media and the World as a Single Place
2 The Landscape of News
3 Correspondents' Careers
4 Regions and Stories
5 Routines, Relationships, Responses
6 World Stories
7 Writing Time
Notes
References
Index
Foreword
Acknowledgments
Introduction: Conversations with Correspondents
1 Media and the World as a Single Place
2 The Landscape of News
3 Correspondents' Careers
4 Regions and Stories
5 Routines, Relationships, Responses
6 World Stories
7 Writing Time
Notes
References
Index