International News and Global Integration: A Five-Nation Reappraisal

Curran, James P.; Esser, Frank; Hallin, Daniel C; Hayashi, Kaori and Chin-Chuan, Lee. 2017. International News and Global Integration: A Five-Nation Reappraisal. Journalism Studies, 18(2), pp. 118-134. ISSN 1461-670X [Article]

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This study challenges the ruling orthodoxy that foreign news tends to be reported in divergent ways, reflecting the interests and identity of the home nation. Instead it concludes that the Greek and American elections in 2012 were reported in very similar ways in the leading news media of five countries located in different continents. In the case of the 2012 Chinese election, there were striking affinities in the news reporting of four out of five countries. Powerful forces that make for global conformity include the dominance of a small number of international news agencies, the emergence of a transnational journalistic culture, the hegemony of market liberal thought, the legacy of the cold war, and the shared perspectives of allied states.

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This research is supported by the Kikawada and Mitsubishi Foundations, Japan. There is no financial interest or benefit arising from this research.


Foreign news; journalism culture; international news agencies; neo-liberalism; news framing; reporting elections; globalisation; media and democracy.

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Media, Communications and Cultural Studies
Media, Communications and Cultural Studies > Goldsmiths Leverhulme Media Research Centre


3 August 2015Published Online

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09 Nov 2016 12:46

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10 Nov 2020 14:39

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