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Back Stories: U.S. News Production and Palestinian Politics

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Few topics in the news are more hotly contested than the Israeli-Palestinian conflict—and news coverage itself is always a subject of debate. But rarely do these debates incorporate an on-the-ground perspective of what and who newsmaking entails. Studying how journalists work in Jerusalem, Bethlehem, Ramallah, and Nablus, and on the tense roads that connect these cities, Amahl Bishara demonstrates how the production of U.S. news about Palestinians depends on multifaceted collaborations, typically invisible to Western readers. She focuses on the work that Palestinian journalists do behind the scenes and below the bylines—as fixers, photojournalists, camerapeople, reporters, and producers—to provide the news that Americans read, see, and hear every day.

Ultimately, this book demonstrates how Palestinians play integral roles in producing U.S. news and how U.S. journalism in turn shapes Palestinian politics. U.S. objectivity is in Palestinian journalists' hands, and Palestinian self-determination cannot be fully understood without attention to the journalist standing off to the side, quietly taking notes. Back Stories examines news stories big and small—Yassir Arafat's funeral, female suicide bombers, protests against the separation barrier, an all-but-unnoticed killing of a mentally disabled man—to investigate urgent questions about objectivity, violence, the state, and the production of knowledge in today's news. This book reaches beyond the headlines into the lives of Palestinians during the second intifada to give readers a new vantage point on both Palestinians and journalism.

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Back Stories looks at the production of U.S. news during the second Intifada, highlighting the unrecognized and unexamined work of Palestinian journalists and its effects on Palestinian society and politics.

About the Author

Amahl A. Bishara is Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Tufts University. She filmed the documentary Across Oceans, Among Colleagues (2002), which follows the advocacy efforts of the New York–based Committee to Protect Journalists on behalf of journalists in the Middle East.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780804781411
Author:
Bishara, Amahl A.
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
Author:
Bishara, Amahl
Subject:
Israel
Subject:
World History-Middle East
Subject:
Sociology-Media
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Paperback
Publication Date:
20121231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
344
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

Related Subjects

Business » Communication
Business » General
History and Social Science » Journalism » Reference
History and Social Science » Middle East » General History
History and Social Science » Politics » United States » Politics
History and Social Science » World History » Middle East

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