Global journalism is not a manual or guide imposed externally on journalists for their enlightenment. On the contrary, it has evolved from within practice and processes in the field. It does not come burdened with predefined morals or assumptions: it simply highlights neglected or disregarded aspects of global politics. It is not in itself corrective, aiming to achieve a particular agenda – it just seeks to accurately reflect the new global reality. Finally, it is not presented as a substitute for either domestic or foreign journalism, but aims to build on the best aspects of both to promote more responsive and far-reaching coverage of the same issues.
When we speak about something, it is often even more important to say what it is not. So what is not global journalism? We have, again, looked for inspiration in the works of Peter Berglez and others to outline some key points:
- It is not a manual, rulebook or externally imposed set of guidelines. While human rights or environmental NGOs, for example, might develop specific protocols around discourse and framing, global journalism has evolved organically within journalism practice to meet changing needs of the sector.
- It does not require any predefined ideas or moral viewpoints. The point of global outlook is to enable journalists to see and analyze global issues clearly and without preconceptions: this approach can in principle be used by different, even competing interests, such as anti-globalists and globalists or religious and secular groups.
- It is not corrective. Its primary aim is to respond to new realities, not to change them. It was not developed to change any specific narrative or framing in the way that many traditionally corrective approaches (e.g. human rights journalism, peace journalism, environmental journalism, etc.) to journalism might.
- It is not designed as a substitute for either domestic or foreign journalism. Instead, global journalism aims to build on the best aspects of both to promote more responsive and far-reaching coverage of the same issues.