Foreign Correspondence

September 2004
Nieman Reports;Fall2004, Vol. 58 Issue 3, p97
This section focuses on foreign correspondence. While traditional Western foreign correspondents are decreasing in number at many news organizations, their work is not becoming extinct, but is evolving into new forms, argue John Maxwell Hamilton, dean of the Manship School of Mass Communication at Louisiana State University and a former foreign correspondent, and Eric Jenner, former international editor of The New York Times's Web page. They describe this situation by highlighting the increased use of locally based journalists to gather news and computer technology that influences the quality and delivery of foreign news. They also urge news organizations to embrace change. Looking only backward at this old model keep people from making the new correspondence as useful as it could be in elevating U.S. understanding of an increasingly complicated and hostile world. Fons Tunistra, a Dutch foreign correspondent based in Shanghai, explores the topic of foreign correspondence through what he observes happening in China. The Internet, he writes, is becoming the dominant information provider for academics, the international business community, and journalists, at a time when the rate of postings of foreign correspondents to this thriving Chinese city is slowing, the resources given them to do their jobs are declining, and interest in publishing what foreign correspondents have to report is falling, too.


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