Foreign Nation Visibility in U.S. News Coverage: A Longitudinal Analysis (1950-2006)

Timothy M. Jones, Peter Van Aelst, Rens Vliegenthart

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Previous scholarship has neglected to fully explore the dynamic nature of international news flow over time. This study uses content analysis to track foreign nation visibility on a yearly basis in two major U.S. news outlets: the New York Times (1950-2006) and NBC Nightly News (1968-2006). Time-series analysis is used to evaluate the influence of five contextual factors on foreign nation visibility in the news: (a) geographic proximity, (b) bilateral trade flow, (c) U.S. troop deployment, (d) GDP per capita, and (e) population. The research findings build on earlier news flow studies by adding a longitudinal dimension that has been absent from previous news "flow" scholarship.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)417-436
Number of pages20
JournalCommunication research
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2013
Externally publishedYes


  • agenda setting
  • content analysis
  • foreign nation visibility
  • international news flow
  • time series


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