Sunday, March 15, 2009

Foreign Correspondent

The Romanticized Past

In today's Times Anand Giridharadas writes about the change in the reach of a foreign correspondent's work. Though it seems a bit obvious, Giridharadas makes the point that today's foreign correspondent can't rely on telling a source that their story won't be read in their home city. The writer of the piece also provides a nice, romanticized view of the past:
I rang up Roger Cohen, a veteran foreign correspondent-turned-columnist for The New York Times, to get a feel for the world now vanishing.

Mr. Cohen began with Reuters in 1979. Correspondents would roam for days; editors didn’t know where they were and there were no BlackBerrys to use to track them down.

Their work, once published, slowly filtered into the discussion back in Washington or Paris and helped to inform that debate; in time, of course, it could make its way back to the covered countries. Some newspapers, including this one, sold overseas editions in small numbers in dozens of international cities. Émigrés cut out articles for relatives in the old country. Governments monitored foreign press coverage.
Ah, those were the days.

--Czobit

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