17 May 2013

Nick Kristof on the Slow Death of International Journalism

New York Times journalist Nick Kristof is pessimistic when it comes to the state of international reporting in the US. He told me about his concerns in an email exchange a few months back, but extends his thoughts further in the latest CGD Global Prosperity Wonkcast.
“I am deeply concerned about the collapse in coverage of global news,” Nick tells me. “It’s particularly striking in the case of television but also in newspapers and news magazines. The [New York] Times is a bit of an exception because we see ourselves as having a comparative advantage of continuing to cover the world, as other people drop that coverage.” 
“Your average news consumer is much less exposed to international stories, and those that they are exposed to are particular, segment stories: the selection of a new Pope, the crisis in the Korean peninsula. It tends not to be development stories and I think this is going to be a real blind spot in the US and also, to some degree, globally.”
Given the fact that I am making a slow move into a small segment (development) of a shrinking section (international) of a dying industry (journalism), I hope that he is wrong. Though it is hard to refute the points he makes.

Listen to the podcast here.