The New Arab Journalist: Mission and Identity in a Time of Turmoil

The New Arab Journalist: Mission and Identity in a Time of Turmoil

by Lawrence Pintak

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The Arab media is in the midst of a revolution that will inform questions of war and peace in the Middle East, political and societal reform, and relations between the West and the Arab World. Drawing on the first broad cross-border survey of Arab jourbanalists, first-person interviews with scores of reporters and editors, and his three decades' experience reporting from the Middle East, Laurence Pintak examines how Arab jourbanalists see themselves and their mission at this critical time in the evolution of the Arab media. He explores how, in a diverse Arab media landscape expressing myriad opinions, jourbanalists are still under siege as governments fight a rear-guard action to manage the message. This innovative book breaks through the stereotypes about Arab jourbanalists to reveal the fascinating and complex reality - and what it means for the rest of us.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781848850996
Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
Publication date: 01/15/2011
Series: Library of Modern Middle East Studies , #85
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 304
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Lawrence Pintak is founding dean of The Edward R. Murrow College of Communication at Washington State University. A former CBS News Middle East correspondent who has contributed to many of the world's leading news organizations, Pintak also served as director of the Kamal Adham Center for Jourbanalism Training and Research at The American University in Cairo. Previous books include 'Reflections in a Bloodshot Lens: America, Islam and the War of Ideas' and 'Seeds of Hate: How America's Flawed Middle East Policy Ignited the Jihad'.

Table of Contents

Introduction: A Matter of Perspective
• Red Lines -Boundaries of Journalistic Freedom
• Satellite TV and Arab Democracy
• Media Politics and Corporate Feudalism
• Islam, Nationalism and the Media
• Covering Darfur - A Question of Identity     
• Arab Journalism in Context
• Western Ethics, Western Arrogance
• The Mission of Arab Journalism
• Journalistic Roles - Arabs, Americans and the World
• Arab Journalists Look at Themselves and the Competition
• Arab Journalists and the Arab People
• Border Guards of the New Arab Consciousness
• New Media, New Media Models
• Acknowledgments
• Endnotes

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