chapter  9
Global Journalism: An Emerging News Style and an Outline for a Training Program
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Global journalism has gradually established itself as a concept and a research fi eld. It involves confl ict (Seib, 2002) and global crisis reporting (Cottle, 2009a, 2009b), the role of global media (van Ginneken, 2005; Volkmer, 1999), and contrasting journalistic cultures in the world (Herbert, 2001; de Beer and Merrill, 2004; Löffelholz and Weaver, 2008). Global journalism could also be considered an emerging type of news reporting, and more precisely a news style which “makes it into an everyday routine to investigate how people and their actions, practices, problems, life conditions etc. in different parts of the world are interrelated” (Berglez, 2007, p. 151). This mode of journalism is primarily associated with the rationale of fi nancial news, which has been globally oriented for a long time, but nowadays it could be observed in other types of news as well. The global news style appears in news stories which, for example, focus on the interdependent relationship between processes, actions, or groups across continents, such as between Swedish consumers and Brazilian farmers, or on the way in which the CO2 emissions in a particular region affect the entire world. It differs from foreign news reporting, which instead covers “events” in distant places: elections in Russia, an automotive industry crisis in the US, and so on. Foreign news upholds spatial distance between a domestic and a foreign world, while global news reporting rather tends to generate spatial proximity.