ERIC Number: ED380823
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Mar
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The Caribbean Story on CNN World Report: Just What is Development News?
McClean, Lisa A.; Stewart, Robert K.
While Caribbean countries complained during the 1970s about negative coverage at the hands of Western journalists, scholars have observed that local Caribbean media were not providing adequate news coverage from the region either. A study examined 245 news stories sent by English-speaking Caribbean journalists to CNN World Report over a five-year period (1987-92). First the term "development" was defined as to its scholarly application in this study. Then, each story was studied and classified as a story that (1) represented development in a Caribbean country ("development news"); (2) did not represent development ("non-development news"); or (3) provided a mixture of development and non-development ("mixed news"). Results showed that with the exception of Dominica and Belize, all the Caribbean countries contributed at least one news story during the period studied. Further, tables show a decline in the number of news stories sent over the period of the study. Finally, more than 60% of the reports from the English-speaking Caribbean were "development news" stories. A close look at "protagonist" reveals that, for the most part, it was national governments that implemented measures to bring about the development process as reported. Findings do not support the view that Caribbean countries do not report their own development news. Rather, they indicate that given the limited resources of these countries, they are quite assertive in reporting their own developments. (Contains 25 references; sample "development news" reports are appended.) (TB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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