DEACON, D., 2008. Elective and experiential affinities: British and American foreign correspondents and the Spanish Civil War. Journalism Studies, 9 (3), pp.392-408.
This article examines the experiences, attitudes and perceptions of British and American
correspondents who reported on the Spanish Civil War directly. The analysis shows that the
international news net in the war was more extensive and effectively organised in Republican
held territories; and that, taken overall, the political sympathies of the international news corps
inclined more towards the Republicans. With some journalists, these reflected pre-existing
political viewpoints, but in many cases these sympathies were forged through their experiences in
Spain. The article concludes with a discussion of the impact these political positions had on
journalists’ interpretations of their professional roles and responsibilities.
This is an Author’s Accepted Manuscript of an article published in Journalism Studies , available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/14616700801999188