Journalism's Roving Eye : A History of American Foreign Reporting

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2009-09-14
  • Publisher: Louisiana State Univ Pr

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Journalism's Roving Eye provides a sweeping and definitive history of American foreign news reporting from its inception to the present day, chronicling the economic and technological advances that have influenced overseas coverage, as well as the cavalcade of colorful personalities who've shaped readers' perceptions of the world across two centuries.para;From the colonial era to the ongoing multimedia press coverage of the Iraq War, the author explores journalism's constant-and not always successful-efforts at "dishing the foreign news." Along the way, he presents a fascinating cast of characters, among them Victor Lawson, who pioneered the concept of a foreign news service geared to American interests; Henry Morton Stanley, one of the first reporters to generate news on his own with his 1871 expedition to East Africa to "find Livingstone"; and Jack Belden, a forgotten brooding figure who exemplified the best in combat reporting. Their stories not only bring the narrative to life; their arresting detail makes this an indispensable book for anyone wanting to understand the evolution of foreign news-gathering. para;Many fear that foreign reporting will soon no longer exist. But as Hamilton shows in this magisterial work, traditional correspondence survives alongside a new type of reporting. Journalism's Roving Eye offers a keen understanding of the vicissitudes in foreign news, an understanding imperative to better seeing what lies ahead.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. xv
Introductionp. 1
The Manners and Customs of All Nationsp. 11
I Rise to Be Usefulp. 19
Tomorrow's Mailp. 27
Dishing the Foreign Newsp. 36
Mr. Kendall's Expressp. 48
Foreign Commissioner for the Tribunep. 57
Find Livingstonep. 76
A Minute ... Over the Newspaper ... Before Breakfastp. 89
Thinking with Their Thoughtsp. 110
A Bell-Ringerp. 124
L'Homme Encha&ihat;nép. 142
The Highest Realmp. 156
My Own Job in My Own Wayp. 192
Who's Whop. 218
New Worlds to Conquerp. 244
Send the Whole Bunch of Them Packingp. 264
Gimme the Air!p. 283
Hey Soldier, I'm Wounded!p. 308
Two Warring Ideals in One Dark Bodyp. 331
The Strange Case of Edgar Snowp. 350
Why Don't You Get on the Team?p. 382
Dossing Downp. 418
The Correspondent's Kitp. 437
The Natural History of Foreign Correspondencep. 458
Notesp. 489
A Note on Sourcesp. 599
Indexp. 627
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