ERIC Number: ED351678
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Aug
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Cultural Framing: Foreign Correspondents and Their Work.
Starck, Kenneth; Villanueva, Estela
With the notion of cultural framing as a theoretical backdrop, a study examined the role of culture in the work of foreign correspondents. The aim was to explore cultural aspects of international news reporting that may suggest avenues for more systematic inquiry into the role of culture in the work of the foreign correspondent. Of 75 examined that were by and about foreign correspondents, fewer than half (44%) referred explicitly to culture. Most references were cursory. In-depth interviews with six correspondents disclosed an unconscious awareness of the role of culture in their work, though all were articulate about culture once the topic was introduced. Interviews yielded information which, from a cultural framing standpoint, was grouped into four headings: cultural background, cultural sensitivity, cultural awareness, and cultural constraints. Educationally, more attention should be given to the role of culture in reporting, not only to the origin of intercultural perceptions but also to appropriate journalistic methodologies. Journalists striving for a clear understanding of events in another culture should utilize methods that are sensitive to local conditions and, to some extent, that attempt to portray other cultures on their own terms rather than merely through the cultural filters of the journalist. (Thirty-six references and two appendixes--listing the books examined and providing information regarding the foreign correspondents interviewed--are attached.) (Author/SR)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers: Cultural Framing; Cultural Sensitivity; Foreign Correspondents; Journalism Research
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (75th, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, August 5-8, 1992).