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, Print
John Maxwell Hamilton & Raluca Cozma
In 1928, the Chicago Tribune 's Pictured Encyclopedia of the World's Greatest Newspaper defined foreign news in romantic terms, arguing that, at the mere mention of the words “we catch visions of a pith-helmeted correspondent dashing into the Sahara on camelback after a flying column of the Foreign Legion; we see another seated at a desk in some battlemented European castle, interviewing a statesman who holds the destiny of a nation in his hands; we envisage voyages on Chinese junks, airplane flights over the Holy Land, and all the color and lure of seeing distant countries and reporting international affairs.” In a time when foreign newsgathering is more than ever a matter of national security, these descriptions are only partially true. Traditional print correspondents are still an elite (upper middle class, according to media researcher Stephen Hess). But since the early 1990s their numbers have been shrinking. Three-quarters of the ...