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It’s Canada. Who cares?

Number of foreign bureaus at the Washington Post: 18

  • Bureaus in the Middle East: 5
  • Bureaus in Europe: 4
  • Bureaus in South America: 2
  • Bureaus in China and Japan: 3
  • Bureaus in Canada: 0

Number of foreign bureaus at the New York Times: 23

  • Bureaus in Europe: 7
  • Bureaus in South America: 3
  • Bureaus in Africa: 4
  • Bureaus in Canada: 0

Number of foreign bureaus at the Los Angeles Times: 20

  • Bureaus in Europe: 5
  • Bureaus in South America: 2
  • Bureaus in Africa: 3
  • Bureaus in China and Japan: 3
  • Bureaus in Canada: 0

Number of foreign bureaus at CNN: 28

  • Bureaus in Europe:6
  • Bureaus in the Middle East: 6
  • Bureaus in South America: 3
  • Bureaus in Africa: 4
  • Bureaus in China, Japan and South Korea: 4
  • Bureaus in Canada: 0

Does anyone else notice something odd there?

12 thoughts on “It’s Canada. Who cares?

  1. Josh

    Hey – if you had to take into consideration the dollars and cents of it, and you had to take into consideration the amount of news coming out of Canada that Americans have even a modicum of interest in…

    well, it’s not a difficult decision, is it?

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  2. Bob

    Maybe we should set up an office designated to lure them here and offer up lots of tax credits. Their news would be reported from here, but they could still pretend it was Philadelphia or Prague or whatever.

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  3. Peter

    Maybe it’s because we’re so close. It’s quick and easy for them to send up a reporter on a moments notice if a news story emerges.

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  4. Josh

    I see your point, but I think there are a few other factors:
    1-None of the US bureaus of any of the organizations you mention are within spitting distance of Colombia, the way they are with Canada. If news breaks in a major city in Canada, reporters from any city in the Northeast as well as from Chicago, Seattle, San Francisco, etc. can potentially be there within a few hours or so.

    2-Kind of related, but South America is a big place with way more people than we have here. And way more governments too. Reporters in Bogota are certainly not covering only stories within Colombia.

    3-The US does have some peripheral military and social interests in Colombia. Oh, and there’s this guy right next door that I think the Americans also have a few issues with.

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  5. Josh

    And to answer your Mexico City point: There aren’t tens of millions of people with ties to Canada living in the United States.

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  6. Bob

    I assume that they must run Canada stories out of the US newsrooms, no? Same language, similar culture, etc. Not true of Mexico. If you search NYT for stories on canada, it does seem like they have a specialist, Ian Austen, whose stories are a digest of some of the goings on up here (bill C-10, the convict in Mexico who got flown back to Canada, etc). Doing a search for “canada” on Washington Post, however, is a different story. I guess every time they mention the Blackberry, they have to also mention Canada…

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  7. Tim

    I’m with Josh on this. On one hand we have the savings of shipping a reporter up ad hoc. On the other hand, to take the example of Mexico, well, it’s a nation of 109 million people. Mexico City’s metropolitan area is only slightly less inhabited than the entire expanse of Quebec and Ontario, from the Baie des chaleurs to the Lake of the Woods and from the banks of Lake Erie to permafrozen shores of Ungava. The economics speak for themselves.

    Skimming the list of nations where the WP has its foreign bureaux, I think only Lebanon has a population smaller than Canada’s, though I think we can agree that that part of the world has a higher GNP (Gross News Product) per capita than most. NYT? I’m sure the Dakar bureau reports on more than just Senegalese events of world import.

    But now what if we turn this question on its head: what about Canadian foreign bureaux? I remember reading in Les Français aussi ont un accent (an excellent gift for that opinionated French ex-pat you want to put in his/her place) that no major French-language Canadian newspaper has a bureau outside of Québec, let alone abroad. Is this still the case? The CBC made a push to open more foreign bureaux a few years back, if I recall, but what of anglo-Canadian newspapers? Anything aside New York, Washington and maybe London?

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  8. heri

    there are news to be told in bogota (drugs, hostages, violence, “socialism” etc.), the same for the middle east, some european countries, africa etc.

    you don’t see this kind of action in canada.

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  9. Josh

    Tim, that’s not true (at least, anymore).

    Search for “Joel-Denis Bellavance” and you’ll find that La Presse at the very least has an Ottawa bureau.

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