Pub. date: 2009 | Online Pub. Date: December 16, 2009 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412972048 | Print ISBN: 9780761929574 | Online ISBN: 9781412972048| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
Foreign Correspondents, Electronic
John Maxwell Hamilton & Raluca Cozma
Several historians declare that the foreign correspondent—the reporter covering events outside the country—is an endangered species. This description applies to traditional electronic media correspondents in particular. Since 1980, American networks closed most of their overseas bureaus and have decreased their international news coverage. Neither the terrorism of September 11, 2001, nor the war in Iraq has reversed these trends. In a review of the year 2007, for example, the Tyndall Report (which monitors network television news) found that while the war in Iraq was the story of the year by a wide margin, the networks' foreign bureaus had their lightest workload since 2001. Economic pressures, global interdependence, and technological innovations—and a perception of public disinterest—have changed the way foreign news is reported and consumed. At the same time, international news is appearing in new and less traditional packaging, which suggests species development more than extinction. Cable television, countless blogs, By ...