Gazing into a kaleidoscope of world news: an insight into Australian city editors' views of some developing neighbours

Coatney, Caryn (2008) Gazing into a kaleidoscope of world news: an insight into Australian city editors' views of some developing neighbours. In: 9th Humanities Postgraduate Conference (EPEC 2008): Engaging place(s)/engaging culture(s), 5-8 Nov 2008, Perth, Australia.

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This year has unfolded new challenges and global controversies for Australia's major media organisations as foreign correspondents report on fresh political upheavals while battling direct censorship and threats from military regimes and government dictators. This paper will address the following question: Have Australian newspaper journalists created a more positive media portrayal of Asia? The discussion will trace the development of Australian news bureaus in overseas regions—commencing in 1964 when the nation's media executives had opened only one foreign office, based in Washington D.C. - and outline in which countries they are allocating their resources. By the prosperous mid-1990s, due to dramatically rising trade and tourism links along with, to a much lesser extent, the United Nations' calls for a 'new world information order', prominent Australian journalists asserted they were creating a highly complex, engaging portrayal of some Asian nations. Eight Australian press editors, from leading metropolitan dailies, revealed their sometimes diverse visions of their newspapers' international pages during a survey I conducted in 1996. I intend to revisit some of these editors to discover innovative trends in foreign reporting and, with the use of visual charts and news images, to map out the Australian media's shift towards Asia.

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Additional Information: Copyright © Individual Authors 2008. This publication is copyright. It may be reproduced in whole or in part for the purposes of study, research, or review, but is subject to the inclusion of an acknowledgment of the source.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Arts - Department of Humanities and International Studies
Date Deposited: 23 Sep 2014 02:15
Last Modified: 06 Jan 2015 02:35
Uncontrolled Keywords: news reporting; Asia; Australian media; balanced reporting
Fields of Research : 20 Language, Communication and Culture > 2001 Communication and Media Studies > 200104 Media Studies
20 Language, Communication and Culture > 2002 Cultural Studies > 200206 Globalisation and Culture
19 Studies in Creative Arts and Writing > 1903 Journalism and Professional Writing > 190399 Journalism and Professional Writing not elsewhere classified
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 95 Cultural Understanding > 9502 Communication > 950204 The Media

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