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AJE, funded by and based in the oil-rich Persian Gulf state of Qatar, is a news and news-talk network that broadcasts from four hubs around the world: Doha (Qatar’s capital), London, Washington and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. It’s the first worldwide TV news operation based outside the United States or Britain.
Thus, the deal with MHz represents not just expanded distribution to American viewers, but possibly something of a cultural shift, said Will Stebbins, AJE’s Washington bureau chief. “There was clearly an attempt to delegitimize al-Jazeera . . . that came during a period of a lot of national hysteria and paranoia about the Arabic world” after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, he said. With time and a new administration, “I think a lot of those ideas and positions are being rigorously questioned and reevaluated. This is a positive development.”

MHz, a nonprofit organization, will add AJE to its lineup of 10 international channels carried on the digital tiers offered by Comcast (the area’s largest cable provider, on Channel 271), Cox, RCN and Verizon Fios systems throughout the region. MHz will also offer it over the air July 1, after local stations have completed the transition to digital broadcasts.

Read full article: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/04/28/AR2009042803918.html

By Paul Farhi for Washington Post, Wednesday, April 29, 2009

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WASHINGTON, DC, 13 January 2011 – SOC alumnus Bettina Meier shared her experiences and perspectives as a journalist working in Germany with students in Professor Bill Gentile’s Foreign Correspondence class.

Ms. Meier, a German citizen who graduated in 2006 with a degree in Broadcast Journalism, visited Gentile’s class while on a brief reporting trip to the United States. She currently works as an economics reporter in Germany for ARD, the network of public radio and TV stations comparable to PBS or the BBC of the United Kingdom.

Meier said she first came to the United States to study on a Fulbright Fellowship. After a series of internships at the BBC Washington bureau, NPR’s Morning Edition and C-Span, she returned to Germany in 2007 to freelance for a number of German news and information outlets.

Largely because of her expertise in financial reporting, she was hired at ARD. Bettina stressed the importance of financial reporting, telling students that her skill in economics is a key reason why she was hired. Professor Gentile added that foreign correspondents specializing in finance often are given more access to officials abroad precisely because they are viewed as experts, as opposed to general assignment reporters.

Bettina told the class she is working on three economic pieces during her visit to Washington. During previous trips to the United States, she covered the election of President Barack Obama.

(Photos by Michael Lindley)

Originally posted on:  http://www.foreigncorrespondence.org

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Jonathan Kandell, a young reporter just a few years out of Columbia Journalism School, won the newspaperman’s lottery in 1972. The New York Times sent him to South America and, for the next five years, he lived in great style as a foreign correspondent based first in Buenos Aires, then Rio de Janeiro.
These were exciting times to cover South America—military coups, CIA intrigue, political turmoil, murderous regimes quick to jail or even kill journalists. And in those days, the Times correspondent was an important, sometimes, singular, source of what was happening. He (most were men) lived almost as well as an ambassador and had almost as much access. Kandell flew first class. He had an enormous expense account and a team of stringers around the continent to help him. In each of his two posts, he belonged to a press community of more than a dozen permanent U.S. newspaper, newsmagazine, wire service and network TV correspondents.
Now that style of life is gone. Yes, there are still three New York Times bureaus in Latin America—but their reporters survive on much thinner budgets. In fact, as of last year, only a handful of U.S. newspaper correspondents were left in Latin America, among the few survivors as American newspapers are outsourcing coverage of the world to others.
But that’s only half the picture. Despite the pullback, a greater variety of news sources and perspectives is available to American readers. Most news of Latin America now reaches the United States  by Internet–and much of it is produced by Latin Americans reporting on their home countries.  And many aren’t even traditional journalists—but bloggers, financial analysts and scholars.

Read Full Article: http://www.drclas.harvard.edu/publications/revistaonline/spring-summer-2011/covering-region

by JOSH FRIEDMAN for  Revista, spring-summer 2011

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Many retired officers hold a perch in the world of military contracting, but General McCaffrey is among a select few who also command platforms in the news media and as government advisers on military matters. These overlapping roles offer them an array of opportunities to advance policy goals as well as business objectives. But with their business ties left undisclosed, it can be difficult for policy makers and the public to fully understand their interests.

Read full article: http://www.nytimes.com/2008/11/30/washington/30general.html?hp

By DAVID BARSTOW  for The New York times
Published: November 29, 2008

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With an arsenal of technology — including handheld digital video cameras, satellite dishes and laptops — seven ABC News journalists who took on new posts around the world this fall may be set to change the definition of “foreign correspondent.”

“We are fixers, shooters, reporters, producers and bureau chiefs,” says ABC correspondent Dana Hughes from her home office in Nairobi, Kenya. She and her colleagues in these one-reporter bureaus will record, edit and transmit their own audio and video reports from Nairobi; Jakarta, Indonesia; Mumbai and New Delhi, India; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Seoul, South Korea; and Dubai, United Arab Emirates, as well as from neighboring countries. Their new assignments come at a time of ever-dwindling resources for foreign news (see “Covering the World”) and mark the network’s largest overseas expansion in 20 years.

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By Jennifer Dorroh  for American journalism review, on December/ January 2008

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Combat photographers Tim Hetherington and Chris Hondros were killed Wednesday in Libya, and two more photographers were seriously injured. On Thursday’s Fresh Air, we air an interview taped Tuesday with combat photographers Greg Marinovich and Joao Silva, both of whom have been seriously injured in the field.

Marinovich has been shot and wounded four times while covering conflicts in South Africa and Afghanistan. Silva lost both of his legs in a land mine explosion in Afghanistan last October while working as a contract photographer for The New York Times.

Read Full Article and listen to Audio interview : http://www.npr.org/2011/04/21/135513724/two-war-photographers-on-their-injuries-ethics?sc=fb&cc=fp

Publish by NPR.ORG, April 21, 2011

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2012 has been a big year for Somali media – after years of covering civil war, rising insurgency and a battle for resources, Somali journalists reported on the country’s first election in decades. But there is another reason 2012 has been significant: 13 journalists have been killed in the country this year. A suicide bomb attack in Mogadishu on September 20 killed three reporters. Hours later, unidentified gunmen shot dead veteran journalist Hassan Yusuf Absuge for covering the explosion.

Al-Shabaab, the armed group operating in Somalia, has claimed responsibility for a number of the killings this year, but they are by no means the only threat. There are no official regulations on what you can or cannot report but journalists trying to cover stories that criticise Al-Shabab, government, big business or certain clans and their leaders, do so at their peril.

In this week’s News Bytes: As Syria’s civil war gets bloodier, journalists and media activists are becoming ever more explicit targets for attack, latest deaths take the tally of professional journalists killed in Syria to 11 while 32 citizen journalists have been killed as well; the decision by the Iranian government to block access to Google’s search and mail services in the country – after widespread protests over the anti-Islam Youtube clip – is being seen as a step towards disconnecting Iran from the world-wide web completely; Vietnam, which has the second largest number of internet dissidents in jail in the world after China, is seeking to push through a new law which would require internet users to register with their real names and would impose further penalties for criticising the regime; Al-Watan, an Egyptian newspaper, is going to head-to-head with French weekly Charlie Hebdo that published cartoons of the Prophet Mohamed earlier this month. Al-Watan responded by publishing 13 cartoons depicting how the West sees the Muslim community in a post-9/11 world.

Our feature this week looks at the future of online news. In the early days of the internet websites competed with each other for your attention. Each new visitor to the website was an achievement. But things have changed. The battlefield may be the same but the war is now being faught for your money. And fighting the battle the hardest is the newspaper in the street. For years, print publications watched helplessly as the internet ate into their market.

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Publish by Al Jazeera,September 29, 2012

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