Foreign Aid and Journalism in the Global South: A Mouthpiece for Truth examines the way in which foreign aid has shaped professional ideologies of journalism as part of systematic and orchestrated efforts since the beginning of the twentieth century to shape journalism as a political institution of the Global South. Foreign aid pushed for cultural convergence around a set of ideologies as a way of exporting ideology and expanding markets, reflecting the market society along with the expansion of U.S. power and culture across the globe. Jairo Lugo-Ocando argues that these policies were not confined to the Cold War and were not a purely modern phenomenon; today’s journalism grammar was not invented in one place and spread to the rest, but was instead a forced colonial and post-colonial nation-building exercise that reflected both imposition and contestation to these attempts. As a result, Lugo-Ocando claims, journalism grammar and ideology differ between societies in the Global South, regardless of claims of universality. Scholars of journalism, international relations, Latin American Studies, and history will find this book particularly useful.
Jairo Lugo-Ocando is director of executive and graduate education and professor in residence at Northwestern University in Qatar.
Chapter 1: Introduction
Chapter 2: The Imposition of Common Sense
Chapter 3: How Journalism Came to Be in the South
Chapter 4: Journalism and Post-colonial Aid
Chapter 5: Spreading the Ideology of Objectivity
Chapter 6: Educating and Training Journalists in the South
Chapter 7: Foreign Aid for Media Development in the Digital Age
Chapter 8: Shaping Values and Practices
About the Author
In contrast with assumptions underlying the Worlds of Journalism studies, this book argues that a multinational informal adoption of analogous journalistic standards regarding impartiality and objectivity may not result from a natural convergence of peer professional attitudes. Instead, Lugo-Ocando suggests that similarities of opinion about journalistic roles may have stemmed from educational/training efforts such as those supported by the Foreign Aid for Media Development initiative sponsored by the US Information Agency.... This work offers an instructive counterpoint to the recent work by Thomas Hanitzsch et al., Worlds of Journalism: Journalistic Cultures around the Globe (2019). The book will be a most useful addition to collections supporting graduate international mass communication programs. Recommended.