My new book Journalism Across Cultures: An Introduction – co-authored with Levi Obijiofor from the University of Queensland – has just been published by Palgrave. We have tried to provide a truly integrated overview on a variety of topics with evidence from across the globe, consciouly aiming to avoid a West-centric approach. See the cover blurb below, with a kind endorsement by Michael Meadows.
‘This book offers multiple perspectives on aspects of journalism production and consumption globally and demonstrates an understanding of the key challenges facing journalism in more traditional and emerging forms. The authors have been able to draw from their own experiences and multicultural backgrounds to present a compelling narrative – few other existing titles encompass the cultural dimensions featured in this volume.’ – Professor Michael Meadows, School of Humanities, Griffith University, Australia
Journalism Across Cultures examines the key issues that form the foundation of journalism practices around the world. It is unique in that it adopts a truly global approach to analysing journalism by paying attention to a multitude of cultural contexts in which journalism operates. By integrating major theoretical and practical approaches from across the globe, this insightful text analyses both contemporary and past media models and press theories to explore their philosophical foundations, origins and roles in various societies.
In this comprehensive account, Obijiofor and Hanusch explore how transformations in global journalism – driven by new communication technologies – have dramatically influenced journalistic practices, and they examine the various frameworks that inform models of journalism education and training across the world. In addition, this expansive study investigates the role of gender in journalism, foreign news reporting, the debate over the role of journalists in covering peace and conflict, as well as the growing commercialization of journalism.