Foreign News Coverage: The U.S. Media’s Undervalued Asset

By Jill Carroll

A paper by Jill Carroll, fall 2006 fellow, argues that media companies that cut back on foreign bureaus and correspondents are making a financial miscalculation and missing an opportunity to capitalize on an undervalued asset. High-quality foreign news coverage is in demand by readers and viewers, particularly by middle-aged, upper income consumers – an attractive audience for many high-end advertisers. At the same time there was a general increase in demand for foreign news after the 9/11 attacks. Cutting quality foreign reporting will only further weaken the ability of news organizations to turn a profit, and undercut the credibility of a serious, major media outlet.

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