International news coverage online as presented by three news agencies

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Title: International news coverage online as presented by three news agencies
Author: Ambrogi-Yanson, Molly
Abstract: Past research examining international news reveals that news consumers are frequently presented with a geographically imbalanced worldview shaped by Western ideals. The present study provides an updated look at international coverage as it exists online by three news agencies that historically dominated global news reporting: the Associated Press, Reuters, and Agence-France Presse. A content analysis of news item datelines and storylines from April 2010 for each source on the aggregate Yahoo! News Website revealed that international coverage remains imbalanced despite the inherently global characteristics of the World Wide Web. While agency material no longer retains a Western focus and offers neutral and unbiased reporting, it does not equally portray the world's geographic regions and emphasizes "updated" and "breaking" political stories.
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Date: 2010-07-09

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