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Journalism and IR

Journalism and IR
Lee Hockstader
Fabiano Maisonnave
Chris Matthews
Rod Nordland
David Rohde

The past decade has seen a remarkable transformation in the sphere of journalism and media. With vast increases in the ac- cessibility of information and the rise of social media platforms, the individual has taken on an unprecedented role, filling the vacuum left by the decline of traditional news sources. Considering the influ- ence differing narratives have upon international relations, the questions of who produce those accounts and how the power of reportage is utilized merit examination. Featuring interviews with journalists who have reported from across the globe, this section aims to explore how the evolving face of journalism af- fects political dynamics. Lee Hockstader considers the increasing prevalence of freelance journalism worldwide and the new pressures it brings to bear, both on journalists themselves and on policymakers. Fabiano Maisonnave discusses Brazil’s transforming media landscape and the problem of accountability in zones dangerous for reporters. Next, Chris Matthews looks at U.S. politics and the influence of the press during election cycles. Rod Nordland talks about the decline of foreign correspondence in the Middle East and the ethical questions that can arise when covering foreign affairs. Lastly, David Rohde examines some of the factors, including economic constraints, threats from insurgent groups, and increasing censorship on the part of various states, that obstruct reporting on international crises. 

A Newsstand in Mumbai, India by Katherine Pollock