No Tilff-Bastogne-Tilff just more theory

31 05 2009

Another day, another section completed in my thesis. Tilff-Bastogne-Tilff will have to wait until next year. In the meantime, I revised my introduction and added this theoretical summary.

(i)                 language is central to journalism and applied linguistics has greatly increased our understanding of news products. However, obscured in this body of literature is a universe of producers, practices and processes;

(ii)               ethnographic interest in news production has a long-standing tradition in sociology but undertheorizes agency, i.e. the human capacity to act. A structure-in-use approach to news production can illuminate the technological mediation and interpretive practices of news producers;

(iii)             a political economy of print journalism suggests that journalists have become news processors rather than news generators. This highlights source reliance in print journalism but fails to lay bare the discursive process underlying churnalism.

It is against this backdrop that I will present analyses of economic journalists’ discursive practices as they discover, source, negotiate and write economic news. The goal is to be able to describe how and where journalists add value to news texts that rely wholly or partially on press release and wire copy.




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