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An Endangered Profession in an Emerging Country - Reporting for British Media on India: An Analysis of Qualitative Interviews with Foreign Correspondents in Delhi
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Journalism, Media and Communication (JMK).
2011 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

This study investigates the personal backgrounds, roles and working conditions of British correspondents reporting on and from India. Additionally, it examines their assessments of foreign correspondence in general and from India in particular. The aim is to give a detailed picture of the present situation of foreign reporting covering a world region of rapidly growing political and economic importance. Attention is given to the specific characteristics of working in India, their changes and implications. Acting as stand-alone gatekeepers, correspondents have a potential to influence audience perceptions through to international affairs. The research contributes to the neglected field both of British correspondents abroad and foreign correspondents in India. To gain recent data, twelve semi-structured face-to-face interviews are conducted in February 2011 with correspondents based in Delhi reporting for British media. The study identifies that news selection and logistics as well as cultural differences are perceived as the main challenges for the correspondents’ beat in the South Asia region. Besides abiding by journalistic norms and making news accessible to the audience, the correspondents see their core function in analysing Indian affairs and presenting the variety of the country. Despite country-related constraints and perceived pressures on the profession as a whole, Delhi correspondents show high job satisfaction and ascribe a prosperous future to foreign news reporting from the sub-continent and their posting in India.

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2011. , 80 p.
Keyword [en]
foreign news, foreign correspondence, foreign correspondent, journalism research, role conception, British media, India, Delhi
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Media and Communications
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-59449OAI: diva2:427501
Humanities, Theology
Available from: 2011-07-25 Created: 2011-06-28 Last updated: 2011-07-25Bibliographically approved

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