Distant Deaths : How Newspapers Report Fatal Events from Abroad

Hanusch, Folker (2008) Distant Deaths : How Newspapers Report Fatal Events from Abroad. VDM Verlag Dr. Müller, Saarbrücken, Germany.

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Abstract

Despite the advent of globalisation and increasing interaction between people from different cultures, many people still are influenced in their opinion about people from other countries based on what they read, see or hear in the mass media. By investigating how newspapers report about deaths in their foreign news sections, this book provides an in-depth account of the journalistic decision-making behind the portrayal of people from other countries. Although there have been a few studies that examined news coverage of foreign death to some extent, this particular study presents the first comprehensive analysis of the topic. The book examines how newspapers in Australia and Germany decide on which foreign deaths to cover and, employing an innovative framework, it finds that cultural connections play a large part in the decision-making process. Differences between the newspapers in terms of linguistic and visual coverage of fatal events can also be traced along cultural lines. The book will be useful to students of journalism, international and intercultural communication as well as anyone interested in discourses about death in the public sphere.

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ID Code: 76338
Item Type: Book
Keywords: journalism, death, foreign news, news flow, culture
ISBN: 9783639007114
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING (190000) > JOURNALISM AND PROFESSIONAL WRITING (190300)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Current > Schools > School of Media, Entertainment & Creative Arts
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2008 VDM Verlag Dr. Müller Aktienesellschaft & Co. KG and Licensors
Deposited On: 24 Sep 2014 23:42
Last Modified: 29 Oct 2015 15:15

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