Fewer Foreign Desks, More Foreign Journalism
How many foreign desks was a typical American actually able to read back in 1978? For most people, I think, the answer was one or two. Today only four American papers maintain a foreign desk but it’s easy as pie to read any or all of them. And of course you can also read foreign coverage in British papers or read The Times of India‘s coverage of explosions on Bangalore.
Quite. Indeed, there’s more outstanding foreign affairs coverage that I ought to be reading than I have time to read.
Matt largely poo-poos Kristoff’s suggestion that citizen journalists can substitute for the lack of foreign journalists. I agree, to the extent we’re talking about reporting. When it comes to analysis, however, our plate is overflowing now with experts and knowledgeable observers who previously who would have had only a local audience prior to the emergence of the Web and the blogosphere.