Global News Media… is it actually global?

What is Global News Media? Is it media with a global reach? or is it media that reports on events and issues globally?

In fact, Global News media could be identified as transnational media, where “creators, objects, and consumers of news are less likely to share the same nation-state frame of reference” (Reese, 2010). This is evident as more consumers are flocking to international or non-western forms of media for their news. This is demonstrated by Lee-Wright, who argues that Foreign News, although offering a distraction from “discomforts at home, but also exposes stresses and strains within news organisations” (2012, pp. 1).  Furthermore Lee-Wright claims “Arab media had already begun to challenge the unipolar tendencies of Western media” (2012). This is evident with the rise of news organisations, such as the reputable Al Jazeera network.

Screenshot of the Al Jazeera website

Screenshot of the Al Jazeera’s website’s Home Page

As depicted in the picture the left, the Al Jazeera home page displays key news stories from around the globe. Surprisingly, there is a strong focus on African news, which is often underplayed in Western media.

So why does some news seem more important or more ‘newsworthy’ than others? For instance, why does the death of a music star, or the birth of a British Royal, or a massacre in the West deserve a whole day of coverage compared to other significant stories globally?

Martin Turner, Head of BBC Newsgathering Operations, describes the strong focus on Western news as “mainly a matter of funding” (Lee-Wright, 2012, pp.1). This is similarly described by ABC Middle East Bureau Chief Simon McGregor-Wood as “principally by budgetary constraint”(Lee-Wright, 2012, pp.1).

However, Anna McKane (2006, pp.1-5) argues that the following define what is newsworthy:

  • Frequency
  • Threshold or impact
  • Unexpectedness
  • Elite Persons/Nations
  • Negativity
  • Continuity
  • Unambiguity
  • Meaningfulness
  • Consonance
  • Human Interest
  • Conflict

Consider the death of Michael Jackson in reference to these points. Jackson’s death definitely falls under several of these categories. Firstly, as a world-renown music icon, Jackson can be considered an ‘Elite Person’. Furthermore the death itself was extremely unexpected, but also negative. Lastly, the death caused a lot of conflict with an inquiry and subsequent trial into his overdose.

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