ERIC Number: ED230971
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Aug
Reference Count: 0
News Media and Diplomacy: Roles, Relationships and Communication Systems.
Bullion, Stuart James
Reflecting and influencing foreign policy, the mass media are important, if nontraditional, diplomatic channels. The role the news media assume, ranging from neutral to participant, depends largely on the society within which it operates. Journalists in authoritarian governments, for example, who rely on press releases and briefings of foreign policy makers, reflect rather than analyze official diplomatic positions. Serving as policy instruments, they generate little tension between the press and diplomatic circles. In more liberal societies, however, journalists tend to adopt an adversary role. They advocate or criticize foreign policy, bringing public opinion to bear on government stands. As diplomatic control over the message and target audience decreases, therefore, tension between the press and official diplomatic channels grows. Given its potential impact, more research is needed on the press's role in foreign relations. (MM)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Media Role
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (66th, Corvallis, OR, August 6-9, 1983).