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Global Intermedia Agenda Setting: A Big Data Analysis of International News Flow


Journal of Communication

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This study contributes to international news flow literature methodologically, by significantly expanding its scope, and theoretically, by incorporating intermedia agenda‐setting theory, through which we reveal how news media in different countries influence each other in covering international news. With a big data analysis of 4,708 online news sources from 67 countries in 2015, the study shows that wealthier countries not only continue to attract most of the world news attention, they are also more likely to decide how other countries perceive the world. However, international news flow is not as hierarchical and U.S.‐centric as found earlier. Online‐only, emerging media in core countries are not necessarily more impactful in setting the world news agenda than those in (semi)peripheral countries.