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“Which future for foreign correspondence? London foreign correspondents in the age of global media"

Archetti, C 2012, '“Which future for foreign correspondence? London foreign correspondents in the age of global media"' , Journalism Studies, 13 (5-6) , pp. 847-856.

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This article challenges the widespread idea that, in an age of instantaneous and ubiquitously accessible information, foreign correspondents are doomed to disappear. The last study of foreign correspondents in the London hub was conducted 30 years ago. Based on a new study involving a range of in-depth interviews with foreign correspondents in the British capital, the article reveals the ‘‘story behind their stories’’ and the changes that have occurred since then. It particularly focuses on the impact that advances in communication technologies have had on the correspondents’ professional identity, newsgathering routines, and news outputs. The findings contribute to a more nuanced and empirical understanding of the impact of media globalization on the practice of journalism. They underline the increasingly important role of foreign correspondents as ‘‘sense makers’’ within the huge tide of information available. While foreign journalists have to a large extent always fulfilled this function, they appear more needed than ever in a deeply interdependent world. Foreign correspondents are also developing novel ways of reporting. Indeed, rather than a ‘‘crisis’’ of foreign correspondence, we could perhaps be witnessing its renaissance.

Item Type: Article
Themes: Media, Digital Technology and the Creative Economy
Subjects outside of the University Themes
Schools: Schools > School of Arts & Media > Arts, Media and Communication Research Centre
Journal or Publication Title: Journalism Studies
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 1461-670X
Funders: Non funded research
Depositing User: C Archetti
Date Deposited: 18 Sep 2014 16:26
Last Modified: 29 Oct 2015 01:01

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