A changing world, unchanging perspectives: American newspaper editors and enduring values in foreign news reporting

Tsan-Kuo Chang*, Brian Southwell, Hyung Min Lee, Yejin Hong

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Abstract

The purpose of this study is to examine, through a longitudinal analysis, the priorities and beliefs that American newspaper editors hold toward foreign news reporting. Using the theory of cultural values as the framework, the study seeks to compare how American newspaper editors assessed the importance of factors in their selection of foreign news over time. The results show that the priorities of journalistic values in foreign news reporting remain fundamentally unchanged in the United States. More importantly, the factor structure of foreign news values was invariant between 1988 and 2008. The persistence of such values strongly indicates a shared professional culture that appears to cultivate a common worldview through journalistic practices in the newsroom.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)367-384
Number of pages18
JournalInternational Communication Gazette
Volume74
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Jun 2012

Keywords

  • Comparative research
  • cultural values
  • foreign news
  • international communication
  • journalistic perspectives
  • newspaper editors
  • survey

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