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The Geopolitics of Representation in Foreign News: Explaining Darfur

The Geopolitics of Representation in Foreign News: Explaining Darfur

by Bella Mody
     
 

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This inductive study investigates the 'curricula' of ten different news organizations from seven different countries that produced news in four languages on the Darfur uprising in Western Sudan: the New York Times, the Washington Post, France's Le Monde, the UK's Guardian, BBC.co.uk, Egypt's Al-Ahram, South Africa's Mail & Guardian Online, English.AlJazeera.Net

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This inductive study investigates the 'curricula' of ten different news organizations from seven different countries that produced news in four languages on the Darfur uprising in Western Sudan: the New York Times, the Washington Post, France's Le Monde, the UK's Guardian, BBC.co.uk, Egypt's Al-Ahram, South Africa's Mail & Guardian Online, English.AlJazeera.Net, and China's People's Daily and China Daily. Mody and her collaborators show how news organizations uniquely and strategically constructed a foreign event for a particular intended audience based on national historical solidarity with global North or South power blocs, current national interest in the country, ownership of the news organization, and the political-linguistic constituency of the intended audience. While previous research on the role of national interest and ownership are supported in this study, the influence of the intended audience (namely, foreign or domestic) on the design of news is a new contribution to the field. Conceptualizing foreign news as perhaps the only means of cross-national, continuing education, Mody uses comprehensiveness as an evaluative measure of news. The Geopolitics of Representation in Foreign News provides unique insights that will be of particular interest to those researchers working in the field of international journalism.

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Orchestrated by Mody (journalism, Univ. of Colorado, Boulder), this informative volume comprises work by her and her then graduate students. In an impassioned foreword, Mukesh Kapila (senior UN representative in the area at the onset of the tragedy) laments the lack of timely concern about Darfur by his own organization and the media. The volume begins with an overview of such things as the outcome of post-Cold War politics; an argument for moral responsibility on the part of media; and an excellent description of the events themselves. All this demonstrates that Darfur was no simple ethnic conflict. Having set the stage, the author considers how selected media from around the world (including China, Europe, Africa, the US, and the Middle East) represented the situation to their readers. Not surprisingly, content and tone of their respective stories tended to reflect existing national political and economic involvement in the Sudan. Offering a symphony of ideas, this treatment of "the power of the media" will serve those interested in contemporary journalism and African affairs. Summing Up: Recommended. Graduate students, researchers, professionals.
Michael X. Delli Carpini
Foreign News Matters combines systematic content analyses with insightful interpretation, places this research into theoretical, historical and political contexts, and uses an elegant organizing structure that compares news coverage within and across nation-states, regions, and the globe. The result is a significant contribution to our understanding of the constructed nature of 'news,' the diverse practices of contemporary journalism, and the implications of both for cross-national understanding of the Darfur crises specifically, and foreign 'others' more generally.
Catherine McKercher
Foreign News Matters reveals a great deal about who decides what is news, the different ways national media define a story, and what this means for the publics that consume the news. Mody's starting point is that news about human abuse is a desirable end in itself, and an investment against future genocides. The analysis of how various media measured up to that standard in covering the crisis in Darfur is fascinating and, in some cases, alarming. The result is a must-read for anyone interested in international journalism.
W Lance Bennett
Mody combines political economy, international relations, and content analysis in this unique interpretation of foreign news as geopolitically situated knowledge. Her focus on the Global South and the North and on print and online news offers new understandings of global news flows. Her analysis of the potentials and pitfalls of foreign news as international education is illuminating.
From the Publisher
Orchestrated by Mody (journalism, Univ. of Colorado, Boulder), this informative volume comprises work by her and her then graduate students. In an impassioned foreword, Mukesh Kapila (senior UN representative in the area at the onset of the tragedy) laments the lack of timely concern about Darfur by his own organization and the media. The volume begins with an overview of such things as the outcome of post-Cold War politics; an argument for moral responsibility on the part of media; and an excellent description of the events themselves. All this demonstrates that Darfur was no simple ethnic conflict. Having set the stage, the author considers how selected media from around the world (including China, Europe, Africa, the US, and the Middle East) represented the situation to their readers. Not surprisingly, content and tone of their respective stories tended to reflect existing national political and economic involvement in the Sudan. Offering a symphony of ideas, this treatment of "the power of the media" will serve those interested in contemporary journalism and African affairs. Summing Up: Recommended. Graduate students, researchers, professionals.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780739120705
Publisher:
Lexington Books
Publication date:
10/14/2010
Pages:
478
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.40(d)

Meet the Author

Bella Mody is the James de Castro Chair in Global Media Studies in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Colorado, Boulder.

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