Foreign Correspondence: Evolution, Not Extinction

Hamilton, John Maxwell; Jenner, Eric
September 2004
Nieman Reports;Fall2004, Vol. 58 Issue 3, p98
This article focuses on foreign correspondence. This image of the foreign correspondence continues to have some relevance. The traditional foreign correspondent remains elite, perhaps even more so than in the past. After all, their numbers are decreasing, a trend often expressed in Darwinian terms. While there are still correspondents based abroad, former foreign correspondent and media critic Marvin Kalb noted, the genre known as foreign correspondent is becoming extinct. But the image is misleading, too. Foreign correspondence is no longer the exclusive province of the traditional trench coat-wearing journalist, covering news for a network or major print outlet. New varieties of foreign correspondents have emerged, some of whom scarcely consider themselves journalists. Foreign correspondence is not becoming extinct. But it is evolving into new forms. Meanwhile, as international travel has become cheaper and more convenient, local television and newspaper organizations are sending reporters abroad on short-term assignments. local foreign correspondence challenges assumptions about the much-maligned concept of parachute journalism. Critics object that parachute journalism is simply a way to avoid the costs of posting correspondents abroad permanently.


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