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Giving Meanings to the World
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Preface Expanding Meanings of the World Early American Journalism and News from Abroad The Shaping of Foreign News: Improving on the Single Electrician at a Seaport Town Images of the "World" in Mid-Nineteenth Century U.S. Culture Constructions of the "World" in the Mainstream Press Alternative Constructions of the "World" The Earliest American Foreign Correspondence: Giving Meanings to the "World" Bibliography Index

About the Author

GIOVANNA DELL'ORTO has experienced first-hand the intricacies of intercultural exchanges of meaning by working for the Associated Press in Rome, Italy, and along the U.S./Mexican border in Arizona. Fluent in four languages, she has travelled extensively across western Europe and the Americas.

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"Giving Meanings to the World is a useful introduction to the early history of foreign news reportage in U.S newspapers. Dell'Orto provides a concise framework for explaining the emergence of increased foreign news coverage in U.S newspapers in the two decades preceding the Civil War. Her inclusion of foreign correspondence by women and minority journalists makes this study all the more valuable. Her focus on the content of foreign news reportage points the way toward further scholarship."-American Journalism ?Giving Meanings to the World is a useful introduction to the early history of foreign news reportage in U.S newspapers. Dell'Orto provides a concise framework for explaining the emergence of increased foreign news coverage in U.S newspapers in the two decades preceding the Civil War. Her inclusion of foreign correspondence by women and minority journalists makes this study all the more valuable. Her focus on the content of foreign news reportage points the way toward further scholarship.?-American Journalism "Giovanna Dell'Orto combines traditional history, quantitative analysis, and discourse analysis to examine the role played by the foreign correspondents of the 19th century in the formation of America's 'commonsense understanding of the world.' Modern day journalists have a lot to learn from history in 'giving meanings to the world.'"-David B. Sachsman West Chair of Excellence in Communication and Public Affairs Founder and Director of the Symposium on the 19th Century, the Civil War, and Free Expression University of Tennessee at Chattanooga "Focusing on images of other countries transmitted by the first formally organized American foreign correspondents (between 1838 and 1859), this important book begins to fill at least two long-standing voids in journalism history literature: First, it transcends the who-did-what-when paradigm to call attention to implications--culturally, politically, internationally--of what was reported; and it explores relationships of images to who was reporting them. Second, standing out against the very slim (emerging) literature about international communication history, the book epitomizes the importance of scholarship in this area and points up the need for continued research about international reporting across time. This gracefully written, well-researched, easy-to-read book will be valued by scholars and students in international communication history, journalism history, media studies, history and American studies programs."-Hazel Dicken-Garcia Professor, School of Journalism and Mass Communication University of Minnesota

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