ERIC Number: ED207048
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Aug
The Structure of Foreign News.
Stevenson, Robert L.; Thompson, Kirstin D.
To examine the ways in which aspects of foreign news content are linked together, an analysis was performed on the data collected during a content analysis of foreign news in major national daily newspapers and broadcast news programs over 12 days. The analysis included the identification of (1) up to four topics from an all-inclusive descriptive list, (2) up to four actors in the story, and (3) the actors by nationality and social role. The nationalities, grouped into eight familiar geo-political regions, were also used to identify geographic regions. Results showed that, in each case, news was largely from the immediate geographic region, heavily oriented toward international relations and domestic politics, and concerned almost exclusively with public officials. What does stand out is the absence of any consistency in foreign news coverage. More linkages were present in the news of the immediate area, in general, than in other areas. The problems this analysis identified, including the narrow definition of news and newsmaker, are more the problems of journalism than evidence of Western dominance. (HOD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association for Education in Journalism (64th, East Lansing, MI, August 8-11, 1981). Tables may be marginally legible.