Global Crisis Reporting

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  • Edition: 1st
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  • Copyright: 2008-11-01
  • Publisher: Open University Press
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What are ?global crises? and how do they differ from earlier crises?. What do recent studies of global crises reporting tell us about the role of the news media in the global age?. What are the current trends in the fields of journalism and civil society that are now re-shaping the public communication of crises? ..From climate change to the global war on terror, from forced migration to humanitarian disasters ? these are just some of the global crises addressed in this accessible, ground-breaking book. For the first time, the author situates diverse threats to humanity in a global context and examines how, why and to what extent they are conveyed in today?s news media. Global crises are conceived as the dark side of a globalizing world, but how they become reported and constituted in the news media can also help sustain emergent forms of global awareness, global citizenship and global civil society...The book: .. Draws on original research and scholarship in the field of media and communications. Deliberately moves beyond nationally confined research studies. Examines diverse global crises and their communicative politics. Recognizes global crises and their constitution within global news reporting as defining characteristics of the global age ..Global Crisis Reporting is key reading for students in media, communications, globalization and journalism studies.

Author Biography

Simon Cottle is Professor of Media and Communications,.Deputy Head of School and Director of the Mediatized.Conflict Research Group in the School of Journalism, Media.and Cultural Studies, Cardiff University, UK. He is author of Mediatized Conflict (Open University Press 2006).

Table of Contents

Acknowledgementsp. xi
Series Editor's Forewordp. xiii
Global Crisis? What Crisis?p. 1
Global crises: eight momentsp. 3
the planet imperilled. It's officialp. 3
a visible death in the 'global war on terror'p. 5
migrants and colliding worldsp. 7
pandemics on planesp. 7
world disasters, world compassionp. 9
poverty and people powerp. 9
bearing witness and human rightsp. 11
financial meltdowns and overlapping communities of fatep. 13
Global crises definedp. 14
Global crisis in contextp. 19
Plan of the bookp. 25
Journalism in the Global Agep. 26
International communications and media globalizationp. 28
News media as emissaries of global dominancep. 29
News media as emissaries of the global public spherep. 30
Peripheral visions and professional preoccupationsp. 32
Peripheral visionsp. 32
Professional preoccupations and practicesp. 33
The demise of foreign correspondence?p. 35
Emergent new(s) trajectories in the research fieldp. 37
Mediating global crisesp. 38
Theorizing contingency and complexityp. 39
(Un)Natural Disasters: The Calculus of Death and the Ritualization of Catastrophep. 43
Geopolitics and the calculus of deathp. 45
The ritualization of catastrophe and the politics of despairp. 50
The South Asian tsunami: rituals of solidarity and the 'Cruel Sea'p. 51
Hurricane Katrina: disaster myths and the ritualization of dissentp. 60
(Un)natural disasters as global focusing eventsp. 69
Ecology and Climate Change: From Science and Sceptics to Spectacle and ...p. 71
Environmental reporting: what's knownp. 74
Climate change: science and scepticsp. 79
Climate change: spectacle and ...p. 84
Forced Migrations and Human Rights: Antinomies in the Mediated Ethics of Carep. 92
News, migrants and collective problematization: three case studiesp. 93
A different story: journalism and the mediated ethics of carep. 98
Human rights on the news agendap. 102
New Wars and the Global War on Terror: On Vicarious, Visceral Violencep. 109
Communicating war: controls and contingenciesp. 111
Hidden wars, new warsp. 114
Information war and the new western way of warp. 118
Spectacle and the global war on terrorp. 122
The 'CNN Effect' And 'Compassion Fatigue': Researching Beyond Commonsensep. 127
The CNN effect: too good to be true?p. 128
Compassion fatigue: too bad to be right?p. 131
Humanitarian NGOs, News Media and the Changing Relations of Communicative Powerp. 146
Humanitarian NGOs in the global agep. 147
Aid NGOs in interaction with the news mediap. 150
The crowded aid field and organizational brandingp. 150
Packaging media reports and facilitating the fieldp. 151
Regionalizing 'global' humanitarianismp. 153
Risk, reputation and mediated scandalsp. 155
Make Poverty History: campaign dilemmas behind the scenesp. 157
New communication technologies: reconfiguring communicative powerp. 160
Global Crisis Reporting: Conclusionsp. 164
Researching complexity and contingencyp. 166
Global crises, nations and public sphere(s)p. 168
Glossaryp. 172
Referencesp. 178
Indexp. 193
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