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Global Journalism: Topical Issues and Media Systems Paperback – 5 Nov 2003


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  • Paperback: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Pearson; 4 edition (5 Nov. 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0801330270
  • ISBN-13: 978-0801330278
  • Product Dimensions: 17.7 x 2.2 x 23 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,035,281 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Almost entirely rewritten, Global Journalism addresses the most pertinent issues and problems in today's global media while providing an accurate overview of journalism throughout the world. This new, fully up-to-date edition recognizes the vast and rapid changes taking place in international journalism. Its two interlinking parts first survey the main issues confronting journalists, media organizations, audiences, and others in the media world, and then focus in on the media of eight major regions. Global Journalism has established itself over 20 years as a trusted authority on international media, and this edition brings it into the 21st century for a new generation of students, scholars, and media professionals.

New and Notable Features:

  • Features the work of 28 noted scholars, with an increased number of international contributors compared to previous editions.
  • Presents strong coverage of important media figures, such as Princess Diana, Nelson Mandela, Mother Theresa, and Monica Lewinsky as subjects of global journalism.
  • Features developments in the field of technology, especially in the 1990s, to help portray the ever-changing role of international journalism.
  • Highlights the vast changes in the global media over the past decade, citing new journalistic trends in covering violence, sporting activities, and military propaganda.
  • Features a case study on the media in Afghanistan, showing the physical, cultural, and economic barriers to media development that exists in non-Western countries.

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By KUNRONG LUO on 25 Nov. 2013
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very useful book. it's valuable if you study journalism in a global perspective. the chapters are divided by region. reccomended on reading list
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Essential addition to your shelf 14 May 2005
By Ralph D. Berenger - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
The editors have assembled twenty-eight contributors, all veterans of global media scholarship, in this important collection that concentrates as much on geographical regions as it does on the standard fare found in most textbooks on international communication.

Of particular interest to those concerned with transnational broadcasting issues in the Middle East is Orayb Aref Najjar's meaty chapter on the Middle East and North Africa, a region of growing importance not only to regional residents but to the rest of the world.

In fact, one would be hard put to find a better analysis and a more cogent history of the MENA region than Najjar provides in her forty-one page chapter that details the growth of print, broadcast, and alternative Arab and Israeli media, the latter often ignored in books of this nature.

While the chapter on the Middle East is of particular relevance, those on other regions are equally useful for transnational broadcasters. There are separate chapters on Western Europe, Eastern Europe, sub-Sahara Africa, Asia and the Pacific, Australasia, Latin America, and North America.

John C. Merrill weighs in with two extraordinary chapters on global press philosophies and international media systems, Katerina Tsetsura and Dean Kruckeberg discuss international journalism ethics, Robert L. Stevenson offers a treatise of press freedoms around the world, and David Weaver briefly examines international profiles of journalists.

What keeps this edition of Global Journalism from being an ideal college text or reference book, however, is the inexplicable absence of an index, a decision that should be reconsidered in subsequent printings. Relying only on a table of contents frustrates readers, students, and scholars who otherwise would consider this work a classic resource book.

--Transnational Broadcasting Studies Journal
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