The Press: Interpreters Needed

Into the offices of U.S. newspapers flows an average of 80,000 words of foreign news a day. Most of it ends up on the spike; U.S. dailies use only an average of a little more than four columns (i.e., 3,200 words) of foreign news a day. Why does foreign news get so little space? How good is foreign coverage? How do foreign papers themselves handle the news of other countries? To answer these questions, the International Press Institute this week published a 266-page report titled The Flow of the News, the most ambitious survey...

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