Mapping comparative research on television news


Akiba Cohen
Department of Communication,
Yezreel Valley College, Israel


Despite the increasing use of social media and mobile technologies, foreign news on television, which usually represents but a marginal share of the typical newscast, is still of great importance, especially as the world becomes increasingly globalized and interconnected. Accordingly, research on TV foreign news virtually mandates taking on a comparative perspective. Using a start-to-finish approach – from journalists via content to viewers – this paper will present a “mapping sentence” of the field. It will identify and explicate a number of facets relating to the production and consumption of foreign news and offer several research questions and hypotheses derived thereof.