International TV News, Foreign Affairs Interest and Public Knowledge: A Comparative Study of Foreign News Coverage and Public Opinion in 11 Countries
Aalberg, Toril; Papathanassopoulos, Stylianos; Coen, Sharon; Soroka, Stuart; Hayashi, Kaori; Ivengar, Shanto; Jones, Paul K.; Mazzoleni, Gianpietro; Rojas, Hernando; Rowe, David; Tiffen, Rod and Curran, James P.. 2013. International TV News, Foreign Affairs Interest and Public Knowledge: A Comparative Study of Foreign News Coverage and Public Opinion in 11 Countries. Journalism Studies, 14(3), pp. 387-406. ISSN 1461-670X [Article]No full text available
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Abstract or Description
This article investigates the volume of foreign news provided by public service and commercial TV channels in countries with different media systems, and how this corresponds to the public's interest in and knowledge of foreign affairs. We use content analyses of television newscasts and public opinion surveys in 11 countries across five continents to provide new insight into the supply and demand for international television news. We find that (1) more market-oriented media systems and broadcasters are less devoted to international news, and (2) the international news offered by these commercial broadcasters more often focuses on soft rather than hard news. Furthermore, our results suggest that the foreign news offered by the main TV channels is quite limited in scope, and mainly driven by a combination of national interest and geographic proximity. In sum, our study demonstrates some limitations of foreign news coverage, but results also point to its importance: there is a positive relationship between the amount of hard international news coverage and citizens' level of foreign affairs knowledge.