Beyond The Front Lines


The recent war with Iraq has had the greatest impact on journalism since the Vietnam War. Before the next war arrives, how the news media cover conflict — and international affairs more generally — should be scrutinized. The questions explored in this book include:

* Were embedded journalists' reports from Iraq overused and was context sacrificed in favor of drama?
* Is the ...

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The recent war with Iraq has had the greatest impact on journalism since the Vietnam War. Before the next war arrives, how the news media cover conflict — and international affairs more generally — should be scrutinized. The questions explored in this book include:

* Were embedded journalists' reports from Iraq overused and was context sacrificed in favor of drama?
* Is the relationship between news organizations and the Pentagon too cozy?
* Has Al-Jazeera's impact been underestimated?
* Is the Internet superseding other media?
* Has public diplomacy become mired in clumsy propaganda?
* Do policy makers understand how news coverage affects global politics?

Beyond the Front Lines examines news coverage of modern war, with particular emphasis on the performance of journalists during the 2003 U.S.-Iraq war. It also analyzes the relationship between news coverage and American foreign policy, as well as how globalization is reshaping the news business. Philip Seib also describes the changing technologies and ethics of modern warfare, suggests ways journalists might carry out their job better, and offers a new perspective on the role of the news media in a high-tech, globalized, and dangerous world.

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"Philip Seib is a journalist, a student of journalism, and a teacher of journalists, who has the rare talent of asking the right questions. His book, Beyond the Front Lines, has to be helpful to anyone who worries about the place of the news media in an increasingly complicated and dangerous world." —Stephen Hess, Senior Fellow, The Brookings Institution, and most recently co-editor of The Media and the War on Terrorism (Brookings, 2003)

"The continuous, worldwide reach of the Internet and 24-hour TV news is transforming the way wars and global news are covered and understood. Philip Seib explains why the dramatic pictures on our TV screens and our computer monitors are so vivid and yet so frustratingly pixelated and distorted. His analysis is as vital for news consumers as it is for newsmakers and news gatherers."
— Mark Stencel, senior editor, The Washington Post/

"A fascinating, even-handed critique of how the media cover war in today's complex, globalized, and technology-driven environment."— Mohammed el-Nawawy, international media scholar and co-author of Al-Jazeera.

"A valuable book for journalists, military officers, and government officials alike. Seib raises all the right questions about the media and contemporary warfare, and offers some useful and even provocative answers." —Albert C. Pierce, Director, Center for the Study of Professional Military Ethics, U.S. Naval Academy

"Beyond the Front Lines is a first-rate and much needed explanation of the contemporary domestic, foreign, and global media in the crises-laden post-9-11 era. Illuminated by the rich insider knowledge of the former journalist and the healthy detachment of the journalism professor Seib's volume offers an authoritative account of the new challenges and responsibilities that journalists, news organizations—and governmental decision makers face in the changed geopolitical realities of the early 21st Century. The well-written volume deserves not only the attention of journalists, students of communication, political science, and sociology but of the interest general public as well."— Brigitte L. Nacos, Columbia University

"In Beyond the Front Lines, Philip Seib presents a highly readable and thought-provoking review of news media coverage of the 2003 war in Iraq. He examines journalistic triumphs and defeats and raises the tough questions that must be addressed by the news media before the next major U.S. military conflict. An outstanding work!"
—Kathy R. Fitzpatrick, Attorney and Associate Professor and Director, MA in Public Relations and Advertising, DePaul University

"Seib raises some thought-provoking questions about how the US media portray war. . . This book will serve as a good conversation starter in classrooms."—Choice

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781403972088
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 3/1/2006
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.46 (d)

Meet the Author

Philip Seib is Director of the USC Center on Public Diplomacy and Professor of Journalism and Public Diplomacy at the University of Southern California. Seib is the author of Headline Diplomacy: How News Coverage Affects Foreign Policy; Taken for Granted: the Future of U.S.-British Relations; Going Live: Getting the News Right in a Real-time, Online World; The Global Journalist: News and Conscience in a World of Conflict; and other books. Seib is also a veteran print and television journalist.

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Table of Contents

Redefining the World: Global Journalism and the Context of Conflict
• Prelude to Iraq: The Changing Nature of War and War Coverage
• Technology and Empathy: The New War Journaliam
• On the Team?: The Press and the Pentagon
• Cybernews, Cyberwar": The Internet as Tool and Battleground
• The Din of Many Voices: The Impact of Globalized News
• Media Diplomacy : Escalating the Battle for Hearts and Minds
• The Next Wars

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