Just under four weeks before the US presidential election and one year before the German federal election, we are dealing with one of the most dazzling forms of journalistic work: the foreign correspondent. What often seems glamorous and exciting to the reader, can be many things in reality: lonely, adventurous, boring or risky. And what is considered newsworthy does not always find buyers in the domestic editorial department, let alone the public. This is proven by a multitude of biographical reports. But what is the current state of the job description and practice? What role do “our woman” and “our man in xyz” play in the face of globalization and information overload? What political significance is still attached to foreign reporting? And if everyone only pays attention to the G8 and trouble spots, what does this mean for the “periphery” and our reported experience of the world?
- Daniel Friedrich Sturm, US Correspondent for Die WELT/Welt am Sonntag, Washington, DC
- Melissa Eddy, Germany Correspondent for The New York Times, Berlin
Moderated by Leonard Novy (ACG Multilateral Young Leader alumnus), Director of the Institute for Media and Communications.