The World News PrismChallenges of Digital Communication
Fully revised and updated, the eighth edition of The World News Prism analyzes the changing role of transnational news media in the 21st-century globalized world and its impact on rapidly changing news events. Includes a new chapter dedicated to evolving traditional and new social media in Middle East Expands the discussion of news systems in developing nations, comparing media growth in India and Africa Explores the impact of digital media on traditional societies Features important updates on the decline of print media in the West and the challenges this poses to global reporting Surveys the latest developments in new media and forecasts future developments
Preface to the Eighth Edition vii Introduction 1 1 News Communication for a Global System 11 2 Changing Ideologies of Press Control 24 3 Global News Under Stress 45 4 Digital Media: Global, Interactive, and Free 58 5 The Whole World is Watching: Impact of Great News Events 77 6 Globalization of Media and Language 93 7 China: New Media In An Old Political World 111 8 The Middle East: Media Storms in the Desert 135 9 India and Africa: Contrasts in Development 158 10 Foreign News in Flux 170 11 War Reporting: Fire and Misfire 185 12 Public Diplomacy and Propaganda 206 13 Forecast: Changeable with Cloudy Periods 224 Selected Bibliography 241 Index 245
William A. Hachten is Professor Emeritus of Journalism and Mass Communication, University of Wisconsin-Madison where he taught for 30 years. His publications include: The Troubles of Journalism, Third Edition (2005), The Growth of Media in the Third World (1993), and The Press and Apartheid (with C.A. Giffard, 1984). James F. Scotton is Associate Professor of Journalism at Marquette University, Milwaukee. He has taught in Lebanon, China, Egypt, Kenya, Nigeria, and Uganda, and has worked as a reporter, editorial writer, and editor with the Associated Press and newspapers in several states and in China. Together James Scotton and William Hachten are the authors of New Media for a New China (2010, Wiley-Blackwell).
The World News Prism enjoys a well-earned reputation for excellence in its in-depth analysis of the changing role of transnational news media in the 21st-century. In the eighth edition of this classic text, the authors expand their discussion of news systems in developing nations and the impact of digital media on traditional societies. A new chapter dedicated to evolving media in Egypt, Tunisia, and elsewhere in Africa and the Middle East explores the role of the Internet, cell phones, and Al Jazeera in facilitating momentous political change in the region. The book also provides important updates on the decline of print media in the West and the challenges this poses to global reporting now and for the future. Combining scholarly insights with a concise and accessible writing style, The World News Prism: Challenges of Digital Communication lends remarkable clarity to the fog of today's global information revolution.
“ This book is a superb work clearly expressed by the two authors who arranged a journey in words and illustrations to satisfy, as well as to inspire, anyone in the field of Global Communication.” - Hussein Amin, The American University in Cairo “Comprehensive, timely insights from two leading scholars about the rapid changes in media and their influence on perceptions, politics and cultures around the world. Chapter on developments in the Middle East is exceptional in capturing current realities through on-the-ground research. This book will be useful to all students and scholars interested in understanding media’s role in the world.” - Sandra Whitehead, Hariri Canadian University, Lebanon
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