Wednesday, June 1, 2011

New Link - Global Post

I have added a link under "More News Organizations" for Global Post, the organization for which James Foley works.  Foley and his recent release from captivity in Libya was mentioned earlier this week.

Global Post, which began in 2009, is taking up the work that has been left undone because of the decrease in foreign news coverage by the American media.  It seeks to be the only internet journalism site solely devoted to international news.  

Global Post has reported from 130 nations and has readers around the world.  While the site is open to everyone, their business plan also includes providing special benefits for those who pay a monthly fee to become members.  Members can take part in conference calls with journalists working overseas, propose story ideas, and give input about which stories need to be covered.

It looks like Global Post can be a great resource for the journalism students of Mount Angel Seminary.  While our work focuses on our local events here at the seminary, the class can also be an opportunity to learn more about global coverage.

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2 comments:

  1. Thanks for the link -- I'll be referring to it often.

    You mentioned the decrease in international reporting in the US media. I've noticed it casually, but do you have any numbers that point to the amount of decrease over time?

    Bruce

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  2. Bruce,

    At this point, I don't have any numbers, but I did a little investigating in response to your question.

    It seems that foreign coverage by the US media did go up dramatically right after 9/11. However, with the problems with the economy, many news organizations have since cut or greatly reduced their foreign offices since they are so expensive to maintain.

    One organization I found that might help answer your question is the International Reporting Project through the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University. They send US journalists around the world to gain experience covering foreign news.

    Originally, the IRP thought their correspondents would go on to work for the foreign offices of news organizations after they finished with the IRP. However, they have found that they work more as freelancers since there are fewer foreign offices in which they can work.

    Thanks again for your comment and question - your feedback is welcome.

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