alexa The News From Latin America Via a World News Agency
Social & Political Sciences

Social & Political Sciences

Journal of Mass Communication & Journalism

Author(s): Hester A

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While a few of the largest or best known papers have their own foreign correspondents, most newspapers must depend on the world news agencies for most of their foreign coverage. In the United States, for example, nearly ball of all the daily papers use only one of the major wire services — the Associated Press.. Ap-proximately 20 per cent of the That U.S. dailies use AP stories along with some other wire service items.' The AP is that the major global news service used by the highest percentage of U.S. dailies, and for that reason was the foam of this study.' Individuals must to a considerable degree base their opinions about intertional affairs and foreign news on information from the mass media.na The images we construct about world events owe much to foreign news carried by the world news agencies and then passed on by the daily paper. Walter Lippman], has said that ... the only feeling that anyone can have about an event he does not experience is the feeling aroused by his mental image of that event'.' We assume that public opinion to some extent sets out the broad lines of a nation's foreign policy. Thus it appears that accurate foreign news coverage may significantly help form public knowledge and opinion to be a basis for a nation's conduct in international affairs. But how much news is carried in the pipeline of a world news agency to the print media? What types of information are conveyed? Who writes such news? What is the process of transmission and bow much attrition or change in content occurs along the way from the event itself to the paper? And what perceptions of editors' and readers'

This article was published in International Communication Gazette and referenced in Journal of Mass Communication & Journalism

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