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Goodbye Foreign Correspondents

“Can we, and should we, do without foreign correspondents?” What is the difference between a local blogger and a ‘parachute journalist’? Newspaper economics may provide the answer.

“Can we, and should we, do without foreign correspondents? This heretic statement has been the subject of a debate in the US among writers at the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard. It was kicked off by Solana Larsen, managing editor of Global Voices, a community of bloggers and translators from around the world, in a challenging piece headlined Should local voices bring us foreign news? Based on her experience of publishing international news written by people living within their own countries, she contended that they do a better job because they are not influenced by outside agendas.”


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