Saturday, November 29, 2008

What about MY country?

While I was in London, I remember finding it very difficult to get any sort of American news to read up on. There was, however, an abundance of international news in the form of both Australian and New Zealander media. On mainland Europe, I had a much easier time finding papers that reported on the US, notably the international edition of the Times: The Times Herald.

I can still hear some of my Aussie friends complaining: "Why doesn't anyone report news on Australia! It's always about somewhere else." I have to admit, I rarely hear news reports concerning Australia. I can honestly say that I have no idea what's going on in that country. It's not that I think there are Kangaroos frolicking everywhere, but I am in the dark to any problems or challenges (or even positive notes) that the country may be facing.

For example, even looking at the Times and checking the World section under the Asia-Pacific region, the other countries completely dominate the print space, primarily due to issues of conflict (Mumbai, anyone?). Surprisingly, I was able to find one headline for Australia, which discusses progress made for gay rights. A much more refreshing read than murder tolls, in my opinion.

Perhaps no news is good news.


Daisy said...

I think this is because there's not a whole lot of world-impacting stuff going on in Australia. International news can't report on EVERYTHING so they have to pick stories with global impact. I subscribe to daily headlines for the New York Times and the Sydney Morning Herald and I have to say - the NYT headlines always sound more interesting. lol.

Lindsay McHugh said...

I completely agree with that. The NYT may have some more gripping headlines, but I must admit, it is kind of amusing to see "Ivana Trumped" as a front-pager for the SMH.