Event: International News Coverage in a New Media World

I’ve been invited by the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) and George Washington University’s (GWU) Institute for Public Diplomacy and Global Communications to give a panel presentation on “International News Coverage in a New Media World: The Decline of the Foreign Correspondent and the Rise of the Citizen Journalist.”


The event will take place on December 10th to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Experts will examine the dramatic shift of traditional media away from foreign reporting, the growth of web-based citizen journalists, and their effects on coverage of international news and human rights issues.

I was originally planning to focus the bulk of my presentation on the role of new media in covering Kenya’s post-election violence but given the (still) current carnage in Mumbai and the unprecedented response of citizen journalists in covering the attacks, I’d like to present a comparative analysis of both events. To this end, I welcome any links/tips/suggestions you might have on what you consider to be the most striking (less obvious) issues worth highlighting.

Patrick Philippe Meier

6 responses to “Event: International News Coverage in a New Media World

  1. My two cents:

    Twitter seemed most useful in beginning. Then once CNN and others were on the case, there was a lot of retweeting what MSM were saying.

    Also, during natural lulls in events more “filling of air time” on Twitter JUST LIKE LIVE TV!!!

    I’d be very interested to know whether authorities really did ask twitterers to stop or not. Several tweeted that this was a fake story. But Murad Ahmed reported otherwise in Times of London — although he didn’t quote authorities only tweeters.

    See this WP article for interesting collaboration between texting, MSM and US consulate in getting this US family out of Taj hotel. http://is.gd/9qC8

    See also http://arunshanbhag.com/

    Not a question of either/or but using all tools available.

  2. http://www.watchingamerica.com

    What I like about this site is that it’s foreign language news, translated into English. All too often the highest profile stories and op-eds in English language news tend to gravitate to things we already think are important. This site helps me identify what other people think is important to the world about US domestic and foreign policy in a way that expatriate Americans cannot replicate.

    I wouldn’t say that I get more out of each article than I do out of the best American journalism. It’s not that the quality of the articles is higher. What I appreciate is the choice of topic and the editorial selection. I get to find out what non-American editors and journalists think worthy of their readers’ attention.

  3. Glad to hear that you’ll be in DC on the 10th. This post on Poynter may be relevant: http://www.poynter.org/column.asp?id=31&aid=154820

  4. Dear Patrick,
    Just a repost of a link I think I gave about critique on citizen journalism vs. professional journalism in Georgia on openDemocracy before in case you haven’t read it.

    Another openDemocracy link to a web seminar on issues relating to citizen control of news on the net. May be helpful.

    Good luck!

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