ERIC Number: ED204233
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Anglophone African, Asian and U.S. Black Newspaper Coverage of the United Nations, 1949-1977: A Comparative "Third World" Analysis.
Petersen, Keith S.
This paper compares newspaper coverage of United Nations (UN) events in the United States and Great Britain, African and Asian nations, and in the black press in the United States. The method involved sampling UN-related coverage in 13 newspapers at four year intervals from 1949 to 1961 and for every second year from 1961 to 1977. Newspapers sampled were the "New York Times," the "Chicago Tribune," the "Times of London,""Dawn" (Karachi, Pakistan), the "Singapore Straits Times," the "Times of India," the "Pittsburgh Courier," the "Baltimore Afro-American," the Lagos "Daily Times," the "West African Pilot," the Tanzania "Daily News," the "Ethiopian Herald," and the "Voice of Uganda." Findings indicated that 1961 was the year which received the most UN-coverage, that the decrease in UN coverage has been greater in the Asian and Western press than in the African press, that the African press has concerned itself mostly with stories about UN-sponsored aid and/or colonialism, and that coverage in the American black press manifested considerable interest in the racial composition of delegations to UN agencies and meetings. Conclusions based on the survey include that the coverage in the press of African nations that were formerly British colonies has been more or less constant when compared with decreasing Asian UN-coverage, the black press in the United States has followed a pattern of coverage quite similar to the coverage in African newspapers, very little seems to have been covered in the Afro-Asian part of what is now called the Third World except economics, and all presses seem to cover mainly that UN-news which is more closely related to their own special ethnic, racial, regional, and continental interests than to any general world interest. (DB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper prepared for presentation at the Annual Convention of the International Studies Association (22nd, Philadelphia, PA, March 18-21, 1981).