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Issue Introduction

Media, with its ubiquity in the digital age and as a purveyor of information, plays a pivotal role in these uncertain times.  Recent events have shown that news outlets can play a political role, at times on behalf of an entire nation. This trend has become increasingly prevalent in the …

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Editorial

These are unprecedented times. The world as a whole has not experienced crises of the scale and magnitude that we are currently seeing. Perhaps the heightened feelings of fear and aggravation in the face of these crises, and the realization of their consequences, has stemmed in part from the spread …

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A Note on Our First Bilingual Issue

Arab Media & Society the biannual journal of the Kamal Adham Center for Television and Digital Journalism in the School of Global Affairs and Public Policy at the American University in Cairo is publishing its inaugural bilingual Arabic/English issue. Our Spring 2016 edition features scholarship, research articles, columns, conference reports, book excerpts and reviews, and podcasts all addressing the theme of “Media and Terrorism”.

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Arab Media: Not Quite Utopia

Sitting, as I do, in that strange no-man’s-land between journalism and academia, I am frequently struck by the gap separating theory and reality. That’s true when it comes to Middle East politics—it was, after all, neat theories of democratization disconnected from regional realities that led to Iraq's current woes—and it’s …

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Letter from the Editor: Al Jazeera is Not a Medium!

The Al Jazeera Television Network captures the attention of those interested in Arabic-language satellite television broadcasting like nothing else. Approximately half the articles submitted to Transnational Broadcasting Studies over the past two issues were about Al Jazeera. To some degree this is understandable. The network is important and influential. Observers claimed an …

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Issue 14: Letter from the Publishers

TBS 14 is an historic issue. After six and a half years and 13 issues, TBS will henceforth be published in two editions -- one online, the other printed. As of mid-June 2005, the print edition of Transnational Broadcasting Studies will be available at bookstores and by subscription through our distributor, the AUC Press. This …

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Issue 13: Letter from the Publishers

Over the past six years Transnational Broadcasting Studies has established itself, even as an e-journal, as the niche publication in the ever expanding field of Arab satellite broadcasting and has been greatly appreciated by both scholars and professionals. Ever increasing convergence of satellite, Internet, digital, and wireless technology means that transnational broadcasting …

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From the Editors

The fat lady probably has yet to sing, but this Iraq War is over as far as satellite TV is concerned. Not the coverage, of course—a percentage of the TV news is devoted to the continuing mayhem—but the special journalistic regime, the talking heads crowned with tin hats, the near …

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GULF WAR THREE: Covering The Coverage | Reporting the War

REPORTING THE WAR Dispatches from the Field:perhaps no war in history has been the subject of such up-close, real-time reporting. In between the feeds and one-on-ones that form "the product," satellite journalists were dealing with bureaucracies, war lords, cheap hotels, and intermittent grave danger. Maggie Zanger, who went to Iraqi Kurdistan …

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