Reporting Hong Kong: Foreign Media and the Handover

Reporting Hong Kong: Foreign Media and the Handover

by Alan Knight, Yoshiko Nakano
     
 

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In the summer of 1997, thousands of foreign jourbanalists converged on Hong Kong to record one of the last episodes in Western colonialism. How foreign jourbanalists chose to report the handover, and what they decided to ignore about it, reveals much about foreign news agendas and how they are framed by ideological and cultural assumptions. This book uses the

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In the summer of 1997, thousands of foreign jourbanalists converged on Hong Kong to record one of the last episodes in Western colonialism. How foreign jourbanalists chose to report the handover, and what they decided to ignore about it, reveals much about foreign news agendas and how they are framed by ideological and cultural assumptions. This book uses the handover of Hong Kong to illustrate the process of media reporting as well as the product. The authors consider how a "reality" is constructed through press releases and visual spectacles. Also featured are interviews with thirteen Hong Kong-based jourbanalists from seven countries who took part in this media jamboree and who discuss the restrictions they worked under, including the pressure for colorful stories and the inability to pose questions to the key players.

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Communications specialists with backgrounds in journalism analyze how foreign correspondents chose to report the 1997 return of Hong Kong to China. They combine excerpts from reports with interviews of the correspondents to describe a reality constructed through press releases and visual spectacles, the restrictions and self-censorship journalists worked under, the pressure for colorful stories, and the inability to pose questions to the key players. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780700710423
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
05/28/1999
Pages:
223
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x (d)

Meet the Author

Alan Knight is Professor of Jourbanalism and Media Studies at Central Queensland University, Australia.

Yoshiko Nakano is Research Assistant Professor in the Department of English at the City University of Hong Kong.

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