Media and Foreign Policy

Op-Ed

When Terrorism (That Never Happened) Made Headlines in Sochi

Author: Micah Zenko
ForeignPolicy.com

For months ahead of the Winter Olympics in Russia, politicians and the media discussed the possibility of a terrorist attacks during the games. Micah Zenko reveals the truth about the likelihood of a terrorist attack in Sochi, analyzes how policymakers and the media misinformed the public, and discusses how the situation could have been handled better.

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Journal of Democracy: Breaking the News: The Role of State-Run Media

Authors: Christopher Walker and Robert W. Orttung

"Aside from outliers such as Cuba, North Korea, and Turkmenistan, today's authoritarian regimes do not seek total domination of all the means of mass communication. What they want instead is what we might call "effective media control"—enough for them to convey their strength and puff up their claims to legitimacy while undermining potential alternatives. Such state dominance—whether exerted through overtly state-run or merely state-pliable media outlets—enables regimes to put progovernment narratives front and center while using the power of editorial omission to limit systematic criticism of official policies and actions."

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New Yorker: What Will It Cost to Cover China?

Author: Evan L. Osnos

"Today, the story is at once more accessible and more dangerous. To cover China is to chronicle the world's second-largest economy, a rising superpower, and one-fifth of the world's population. China is so central to our economic lives that journalists have had no choice but to engage China with greater technical analysis and precision."

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Video

A Conversation with Network News Executives

Speakers: Stephen A. Capus, Ken Jautz, David Rhodes, and Benjamin B. Sherwood
Introductory Speaker: Richard N. Haass
Presider: Gideon Rose


Executives from NBC News, CBS News, ABC News, and CNN discuss the future of the news media, including the importance of international news coverage, the rise of online news, and the effects of technology on the industry.

This meeting was made possible by the generous support of the Ford Foundation.

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Audio

A Conversation with Network News Executives (Audio)

Speakers: Stephen A. Capus, Ken Jautz, David Rhodes, and Benjamin B. Sherwood
Introductory Speaker: Richard N. Haass
Presider: Gideon Rose


Executives from NBC News, CBS News, ABC News, and CNN discuss the future of the news media, including the importance of international news coverage, the rise of online news, and the effects of technology on the industry.

This meeting was made possible by the generous support of the Ford Foundation.

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Transcript

The Future of News

Speakers: Jan Schaffer and Tom Rosenstiel
Presider: Megan McArdle

Jan Schaffer and Tom Rosenstiel discuss the future of the international news media, including the proliferation of media outlets, their changing business models, and the effects the new media landscape has on an informed public.

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Video

The Future of News

Speakers: Jan Schaffer and Tom Rosenstiel
Presider: Megan McArdle

Jan Schaffer and Tom Rosenstiel discuss the future of the international news media, including the proliferation of media outlets, their changing business models, and the effects the new media landscape has on an informed public.

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Audio Speakers: Jan Schaffer and Tom Rosenstiel
Presider: Megan McArdle

Jan Schaffer and Tom Rosenstiel discuss the future of the international news media, including the proliferation of media outlets, their changing business models, and the effects the new media landscape has on an informed public.

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