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A Comparative Study on the Attitudes of Foreign Correspondents in Korea: Focusing on Their Views on North Korea

Authors
Lee B.J.
Issue Date
Sep-2009
Publisher
SAGE Publications Inc.
Keywords
editorial policy; Foreign correspondents; government policy; international news; journalists' attitudes; North Korea
Citation
International Area Studies Review, v.12, no.2, pp.85 - 110
Journal Title
International Area Studies Review
Volume
12
Number
2
Start Page
85
End Page
110
URI
https://scholarworks.sookmyung.ac.kr/handle/2020.sw.sookmyung/14076
DOI
10.1177/223386590901200205
ISSN
2233-8659
Abstract
Because newspaper readers or television viewers cannot directly experience or witness events that are happening in foreign countries, they have to rely heavily on foreign correspondents for their perspectives on the world. But the views of foreign correspondents can never be fully objective. Their views are often shaped by the government policies of the countries their companies belong to. Also, their attitudes are affected by the editorial policies of the companies they work for. Particularly for such controversial issues as North Korea, foreign correspondents' viewpoints are highly influenced by their government and company policies. The question is how foreign correspondents react when their government foreign policy is different from their company editorial policy. To examine the impact of government and company policies on the attitudes of foreign correspondents, this paper interviewed eight foreign correspondents covering North Korea. The results show government foreign policy and company editorial policy strongly influence the foreign correspondents' attitudes toward the North. © 2009, Center for International Area Studies, Hankuk University of Foreign Studies. All rights reserved.
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