||This project will explore the community of American and British foreign correspondents stationed in Berlin between 1930 and 1939. It will examine the impact of the informal press community on the reporting of crisis events and the process of news gathering in the Third Reich and how Nazism was constructed and represented to the English-speaking press. The project will also aim to investigate the differing levels of home office editorial influence over the reportage coming from each of the Berlin bureaux.
Commentators have argued that it is only during 'events', moments of crisis and change, that foreign correspondents are free from the pressures of editorial policy in writing up their stories. The rapidity with which political, social and economic situations change during a crisis means that stories are written and filed without the benefit of extended reflection, editorial consultation or negotiation; consequently, these moments act as a window into the attitudes of the correspondents, without the same degree of filtering through policy lenses. With the absence of direction from the 'home desk', the foreign press 'community' plays an important socializing role in the construction of crises in the press. The expatriate press community, as informal, nodal and transitory as it was, is rarely considered as a factor of any significance by media scholars or historians in either the construction of the news or the relative powers of the journalist, editor and proprietor in directing policy.