Global Journalism About a Regional Catastrophe

Sambandan, V. S.
March 2005
Nieman Reports;Spring2005, Vol. 59 Issue 1, p76
This article deals with the lessons on global journalism learned by the journalists who covered the tsunami that devastated South and Southeast Asia in December 2004. The long-term issues reflected by foreign journalist involve the impact of the instant globalization of journalism and the cultural gaps that exist between journalists and sources. The globalization of the tsunami coverage became more apparent with the arrival of television crews from throughout the world. Journalists were eager to set out to the disaster zone and a majority headed to the southern city of Galle in Sri Lanka. Scenes of devastation were impossible to comprehend. The entire coastline was obliterated. The toll on the sensitivities of journalists is something that one has to be prepared for. Text messages and the Internet played a huge role in the coverage of the story. However, with respect to Webloggers, their presence was not so widespread in the print medium in either India and in Sri Lanka. The tsunami reporting illuminates the global news impact of a regional catastrophe. This reporting offers a rich area for research in content analysis and examination of various media approaches as well as many other dimensions of the storytelling.


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