Global and International Media Image

Globalizing Journalism: Where, How, How Much, So What?

A Panel Discussion at the 2009 International Communication Association (ICA) Conference in Chicago, IL  
May 23, 2009

Sponsor: Journalism Studies
Co-Sponsor: Global Communication and Social Change
Chaired by Bella Mody

Abstract: Journalism continues to be quintessentially national in spite of the roll back of the state in the 1980s as illustrated by the pre-Iraq War US press drumbeat in 2003. This panel will focus on nuanced specifics of slowly globalizing journalism to warn against premature theorizing and utopian predictions of a universal public sphere and cosmopolitanism. Four researchers with roots in Asia, Europe, and the US will share diverse viewpoints grounded in the following: who are the few new globalizing news sources, what capital investment and national political interests do they represent, how did these news organizations originate, how different are they from previous international propaganda news sources and the national printed press, what proportion of journalism around the world do they represent today, and what impacts might they be expected to have, e.g. homogenization of news production structures, substitutes for political parties in authoritarian states, strengthening of transnational elite classes or destabilization by international contagion like the Wall Street crisis of 2008.



Daya Thussu, Professor of International Communication at the University of Westminster in London

Presentation: "Changes in Journalism in the 'Chindia' Half of the World."







Kai Hafez, Chair of International Communication, University of Erfurt, Germany

Presentation: "Global Journalism: Myth or Reality? In Search of a Theoretical Base"







Stephen D Reese, Jesse H. Jones Professor and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in the College of Communication at the University of Texas at Austin

Presentation: "The Global Village and the Networked Society: Reflections on the 'Media Globalization Myth'" (Click Here for PDF of Paper)




Bella Mody, the deCastro Chair in Global Media, School of Journalism and Mass Communication, University of Colorado at Boulder

Presentation (with Linda Hofschire): "The National Interest on Internet News Sites"





Linda Hofschire

Research Consultant