Frontlines and DeadlinesA collection of essays by top international correspondants in print, broadcasting, and photojournalism, International News Reporting offers an introduction to journalism written by the people who have made the profession what it is today.

* Contributors identify the major areas of professional practice which students and young journalists need to know in order to work safely in, and understand fully, the field of international news gathering

* Looks at events from conflicts to humanitarian disasters

* Covers crucial topics such as how to report stories about the developing world, how to avoid stereotyping, the uses and abuses of blogging, and risk assessment for journalists in conflict zones

Author Information

John Owen is professor of international journalism at City University in London and has played a leading role in international journalism for the past 30 years that included serving as chief news editor of CBC Television News. John is the founding chairman of the Frontline Club Forum in London, and also the founding executive producer of News Xchange.

Heather Purdey is a senior lecturer in the Department of Journalism and Publishing at City University in London. She has been a journalist since 1976 and has worked in newspapers, radio and television.


“I applaud this wonderful contribution to journalism by some of the best practitioners in the business. Honesty, bravery, integrity and the determination to bear witness are the key ingredients. This book shows there can be no substitute for first-hand reporting from the field.” Christiane Amanpour, Chief International Correspondent, CNN

“A significant and important book for existing and aspiring journalists: the cleverly and vigorously distilled wisdom of top practitioners on the critical issues facing international journalism the world over.” Vin Ray, Director, BBC College of Journalism

“An impressive list of contributors who are some of the leading practitioners in the world of international journalism, tackling the most critically important issues facing global news.” Jean-Paul Marthoz, foreign affairs columnist and Professor of International Journalism at the Université Catholique de Louvain

“Purdey and Owen have provided a wonderful opportunity to learn from the very best practitioners of international journalism, and no one else has pulled this content together so powerfully and so cohesively. John Owen is Europe’s most respected authority on the perils of practicing journalism internationally, and his expertise shines through in every part of this excellent book.” Joe Foote, Dean, Gaylord College of Journalism & Mass Communication University of Oklahoma

“John Owen and Heather Purdey have produced a much-needed book with leading practitioners writing about the real world of journalism they have seen at first hand.” Adam Clayton Powell III, Vice Provost for Globalization, University of Southern California