When foreign correspondents arrive in capital cities, they tend to gravitate to other foreign correspondents, people from their home nations and friends they went to school with. The native view that they reflect is usually the view of the elites they are familiar with.
As newspapers and television channels slash budgets and close overseas bureaus, the task of foreign reportage has shifted increasingly into the hands of professional freelance journalists. This is the reality of the evolution of our news environment, and it's not going back.
The Justice Department's recent actions towards the media is so disturbing because it represents a step backward to a much uglier time, with fewer legal protections for the press. There is a very fine line between targeting leaking and targeting the media who print the leaks.
A document obtained today by this reporter reveals that right-wing Texas billionaire brothers Charles and Bill Koch, rumored for months to be planning a takeover of the venerable Los Angeles Times, are secretly detailing changes they intend to make after they assume control.
As a former journalist, I'm always amazed at the misconceptions some professionals have about the best way to interact with reporters. Sure, they're after a good story -- but (unless you're running for president) they're not bloodsuckers out to humiliate you or extract state secrets.
"Have you tried the phone book?" my mom suggests. I hadn't. In fact, I'm embarrassed to admit that the idea hadn't even occurred to me. I'd gotten so comfortable with the assumption that all the information I could possibly want or need was available online that I was on the verge of giving up.
Many have despaired over the perceived decline of journalism. But I see many reasons for hope. In our new digital environment, what endures is the need for excellence, knowledge and integrity from a free press who helps people become good citizens.
Enjoy yourself, hacks. You're living off the last dollars of your business. And for what? Tradition? Where has that gotten us? Please prove me wrong. In a week, show me the amazing reporting we couldn't have gotten if you weren't there.
They make cruel but funny jokes about the latest dead celebrity. And they are not sentimental because they've heard and seen too much. Unlike in The Newsroom, the job they do is not accompanied by a gauzy sound track of emotional music. They want the truth.