Journalism's Roving Eye: A History of American Foreign Reportingby John Maxwell Hamilton
Pub. Date: 09/14/2009
Publisher: Louisiana State University Press
In all of journalism, nowhere are the stakes higher than in foreign news-gathering. For media owners, it is the most difficult type of reporting to finance; for editors, the hardest to oversee. Correspondents, roaming large swaths of the planet, must acquire expertise that home-based reporters take for granted facility with the local language, for instance,
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This is THE book to read if you want to know how we have gotten, and how we get today, news from abroad. It's grippingly written too.
The annual Goldstein Award, presented by the Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy, continues its tradition of recognizing the nation's greatest books. Journalism's Roving Eye is a well researched and compelling account of the glory days of foreign news coverage to ideas on how to cover foreign affairs in the future.