International Journal of Humanities and Social Science

ISSN 2220-8488 (Print), 2221-0989 (Online) 10.30845/ijhss

From Argentina to Zimbabwe: Global Patterns of International News Flow
Jamal J. Al-Menayes

This study revealed that most international news originates from the developed world, particularly the United States. As a group, western countries are featured the most in the world news media. However, when we look at media in individual countries and the order in which countries are presented within national media a different pattern emerges. National media featured their home country as the first actor in news stories most of the time. The pattern for the topics circulating around world media indicate that international relations occupied the top spot for the most mentioned topic and, contrary to the argument of many critics who accuse western media of focusing on conflict and disruption, news about international and domestic conflicts were mentioned the least. Another pattern that continues to grow is national media outlets reliance on their own correspondent for news stories. This pattern is more pronounced when the home country is involved in the news event.

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