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The World News Prism: Digital, Social and Interactive, 9th Edition

ISBN: 978-1-118-80904-4
288 pages
August 2015, Wiley-Blackwell
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Now available in a fully revised and updated ninth edition, World News Prism provides in-depth analysis of the changing role of transnational news media in the 21st-century.

  • Includes three new chapters on Russia, Brazil, and India and a revised chapter on the Middle East written by regional media experts
  • Features comprehensive coverage of the growing impact of social media on how news is being reported and received
  • Charts the media revolutions occurring throughout the world and examines their effects both locally and globally
  • Surveys the latest developments in new media and forecasts future developments
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Table of Contents

Notes on Contributors ix

Preface to the Ninth Edition xi

Introduction: Fall and Rise of the Media 1

1 Information for a Global System 9

2 Game Changers: Twitters, Videos, Blogs 19

3 GlobalMediaUnderStress 35

4 ImpactofGreatEvents 46

5 English: The Language of theWorld 61

6 Brazil: Latin America’s Communication Leader 77
Heloiza Golbspan Herscovitz

7 Russian Media: Struggling Against New Controls 99
Natalia Bubnova

8 India: Liberalization Spurs Phenomenal Media Growth 119
Sandhya Rao

9 China: A New Media Face But Tighter Control 138

10 Africa: The Mobile Continent 159

11 The Middle East: Media in the Midst of Turmoil 177
Rasha Abdulla

12 Reporters Abroad: Paid, Free, and Harassed 196

13 ReportingWar 210

14 Public Diplomacy and Propaganda 229

15 Conclusions and Outlook 246

Selected Bibliography 259

Index 263

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Author Information

William A. Hachten is Professor Emeritus of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he taught for 30 years. His publications include: New Media for a New China (Wiley, 2010 with J. Scotton), The Troubles of Journalism (2005, 3rd edition), The Growth of Media in the Third World (1993), and The Press and Apartheid (1984, with C.A. Giffard).

James F. Scotton is Associate Professor of Journalism at Marquette University. He has taught in Lebanon, China, Egypt, Kenya, Uganda and Nigeria, and has worked as a reporter, editorial writer, and editor with the Associated Press and with newspapers in several states and in China. He is co-author, with William Hachten, of New Media for a New China (Wiley, 2010).
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“This is a welcome update to a favorite resource. Specialized emphasis on the media environments in Brazil, Russia, India and the Middle East make important contributions to this valuable text.”
Emily Metzgar, Indiana University

“Another superb edition…this time with more diverse voices from around globe and a crucial emphasis on new media without neglecting historical global media industries, political events and economic structures.”
Jad Melki, American University of Beirut, Lebanon

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