Since September 11, Arab and American journalists have been trading barbs, accusing each other of bias and a lack of objectivity. The author also shows how the failure to signal appropriate grounding-values is likewise associated with the failure to deliver the appropriate type of text. . This dual preoccupation with self-definition and all things public is the central concern of this book. There is a vast scholarly literature tracing western stereotypes of Arab women from medieval times to the present.
The Making of Arab News draws comparisons, including examples of Arabic news language and their English translations, to show how Arab news values have been Americanized and how these values are reflected in the language used in the Arab news. This text brings these present issues together in one invaluable resource for all students of journalism, politics and media studies. But is news coverage in Arab countries all that different from American coverage? The Making of Arab News rides the crest of Western interest in Arab mass media and is an indispensable resource for working journalists and scholars seeking to understand the world of Arab journalism. Noha Mellor lectures in Arabic language and media at the Institute of Middle East Studies, University of Copenhagen, combining research and teaching while working as a journalist. The communities that Arab intellectuals imagined, including the Pan-Islamic, Pan-Arab and socialist sat astride many a polity and never became contained by post-colonial states. But is news coverage in Arab countries all that different from American coverage? Hani Bawardi examines the numerous Arab American political advocacy organizations that thrived before World War I, showing how they influenced Syrian and Arab nationalism.
Examining a range of canonical and less canonical authors, this interdisciplinary approach to The Making of the Modern Arab Intellectual will be of interest to students and scholars of the Middle East, history, political science, comparative literature and philosophy. Tracing the forgotten histories of the Free Syria Society, the New Syria Party, the Arab National League, and the Institute of Arab American Affairs, the book restores a timely aspect of our understanding of an area then called Syria that comprises modern-day Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, Israel, and Palestine. A section discusses the differences between Arab and Western news values p. Researchers will be frustrated in trying to quickly locate material and concepts inside this edition, albeit a thin tome that is fairly well organized into seven chapters. The analysis captures constraints on the occurrence of particular markers, and the extensive illustrative examples explain the strategies that writers employ to cope with problems of recasting grounding-values in news texts. I sincerely look forward to Mellor's future scholarship. The author questions existing Western theories and concepts of the Arab press and provides readers with an invaluable alternative to currently accepted ideas of why Arab journalists do what they do.
But is news coverage in Arab countries all that different from American coverage? For example, Mellor says the impact of foreign-licensed pan-Arab media, primarily magazines, are changing the way traditional print media is developing; and international and transnational broadcasting are having an impact on local media as well. It is comprehensive, critical and easy to read not to mention it's about 150 pages. In addition, the book enriches our understanding of the years leading to the Cold War by tracing both the Arab National League's transition to the Institute of Arab American Affairs and new campaigns to enhance mutual understanding between the United States and the Middle East. It offers an unprecedented rich melange of literature on the topic, drawing on empirical research conducted by both Arab and Western scholars. Mellor covers most of the topics and questions and reviews almost all the recent literature on this topic.
The book's major shortcoming is its lack of an index. In a particularly thought-provoking section, Mellor compares Arab story construction with the way Western journalists-and Arab students studying journalism at the proliferating Americanized universities throughout the Middle East-learn how to construct news stories, which is often through the summary lead the 5w's and h within the classic inverted pyramid organization. If you are interested in accurate information on the Arabic media, read this book before you look at anything on this topic. The same scholars are confused over the definition of objective reporting, which to the Western mind often seems just the opposite of what Arabic reporters practice despite their insistence that they hold objectivity as an important news value. In other words, it is not another al-Jazeera book not that there's anything wrong with that. To answer it, we contracted with a global news translation service from the Middle East to collect and translate a sample of 22 months of new summaries from 103 Arab media sources belonging to 22 Arab countries. Mellor combines the theories and views of Arab, American and European media scholars and journalists and comes up with an amazing understanding of this topic.
This is a highly readable book that deserves a place in any serious scholarly discussion of current and future Arab journalism. The author questions existing Western theories and concepts of the Arab press and provides readers with an invaluable alternative to currently accepted ideas of why Arab journalists do what they do. Gradually, the scholar morphed into the public writer. This well-researched guide covers an impressive range of previous research, including a substantive critique of Rugh's standard text pp. She calls this a diglossia or a triglossia. The book provides valuable insights on both regional and pan-Arab news values and trends. But is news coverage in Arab countries all that different from American coverage? The vast majority of media studies on Arab women are western-based.
Noha Mellor lectures in Arabic language and media at the Institute of Middle East Studies, University of Copenhagen, combining research and teaching while working as a journalist. However, there is not so much of it that it turns off monolingual students. When news reporting can lead to decisions on whether or not to got to war, everything can be affected by journalists and their mediation of the world. A short history of Arab journalism offers readers a road map they can follow to see how broadcast journalists, for example, have developed their own styles of delivery and story order. The book will be invaluable to researchers and students of discourse, pragmatics, contrastive rhetoric, and communication. In Part 1 of the book four short chapters , the author analyzes similarities and differences between Arab and Western news construction and organization, and delves into levels of objectivity, political implications, public opinion, war coverage, and how American-style news formats have influenced Arab news coverage. The Making of Arab News draws comparisons, including examples of Arabic news language and their English translations, to show how Arab news values have been Americanized and how these values are reflected in the language used in the Arab news.
Middle East Journal Noha Mellor's The Making of Arab News is a welcome addition to the scholarship in that it widens the scope of the discussion by looking at the linguistic and cutural parameters under which Arab news media operate. A text-level approach to grounding and the differentiation between several core concepts relating to the various textual and non-textual structures, distinguish the book from other approaches in the field. The Making of Arab News is a good contribution to Arab Media Studies. It will also be of interest to all those involved in translation and intercultural studies. The Making of Arab News draws comparisons, including examples of Arabic news language and their English translations, to show how Arab news values have been Americanized and how these values are reflected in the language used in the Arab news. Students will find her comparativist approach to Western and Arab media development not only interesting but also critical to their understanding media systems in those spheres. Mellor, a hybrid journalist-cum-academic-cum-journalist in Copenhagen, has done some serious work here that is highly readable.