Making International News Relevant to Local Television

We don’t want to hear it.  We really don’t.  The news from other countries always seems like a din of noise. Riots, protesters, and things we generally don’t understand.  Or care to understand.  “Over there” becomes a reason why we show little interest.  However, because of the convergence of media, and the rise of social…

Jamaica – November 2, 2013

C’mon mon… When reading the Jamaica Observer, one of the first things you may notice is the amount of coverage given to musicians.  You have to be a bit careful when reading the headlines to not confuse names with verbs. Exile Di Brave calls for a Rasta Party Papa San drops One Blood Today —–…

Ireland – November 1, 2013

For many Americans, Ireland is more of an ideal than a real place.  Ethnic pride often ignores the day to day life of the modern Irish.  If you are of Irish heritage, it wouldn’t hurt to go online each day and read about your ancestral homeland in a different light.  You will find the more…

Haiti – October 24, 2013

Reading the Haitian Times unintentionally reveals a few things about the post-earthquake Haiti. There is a lack of daily news stories and it feels as if journalism takes a back seat to the necessities of life.  Many of the stories in the paper come from New York City, which indicates there is a large population…

Greece – October 22, 2013

Greece’s financial problems continue and the threat of the EU parting ways with Greece looms.  For some months now it has been clear that Angela Merkel, the German chancellor, did not want to eject Greece if she could possibly help it.  It is equally clear, however, that Germany and the other creditor countries do not…

France – October 21, 2013

The fallout from the Edward Snowden’s revelations about the NSA spying continues.  Ecuador, our country from yesterday, is offering Snowden asylum. Ecuador is considering granting political asylum to Edward Snowden, a former intelligence analyst who is wanted in the United States on espionage charges, with a decision by the country’s Foreign Minister Ricardo Patino expected…