The New Arab Journalist

Mission and Identity in a Time of Turmoil

Lawrence Pintak

The Arab media is in the midst of a revolution. The outcome will shape questions of war and peace in the Middle East; of political and societal reform

English edition
288 pp.
20 b/w illus.
15X23cm
ISBN 9789774164484
For sale only in the Middle East

$24.95

The Arab media is in the midst of a revolution. The outcome will shape questions of war and peace in the Middle East; of political and societal reform; and of relations between the west and the Arab World. Drawing on the first broad, cross-border survey of Arab journalists, first-person interviews with scores of reporters and editors, and his three decades’ experience reporting from the Middle East, Lawrence Pintak examines how Arab journalists see themselves and their mission at this critical time in the evolution of the Arab media. He explores how, in a diverse Arab media landscape expressing myriad opinions, journalists are still under siege as governments fight a rear-guard action to manage the message. This innovative book breaks through the stereotypes about Arab journalists to reveal the fascinating and complex reality and what it means for the rest of the world.

Lawrence Pintak

Lawrence Pintak is Founding Dean of the Murrow College of Communication at Washington State University and publisher/co-editor of the online journal Arab Media & Society. During the 1980s and 1990s he was Middle East correspondent for CBS News. He is also former Director of the Kamal Adham Center for Journalism Training and Research at the American University in Cairo. His books include Reflections in a Bloodshot Lens: America, Islam & the War of Ideas (Pluto Press, 2006).
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