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Title: On the production of a multimodal news item : an argumentative approach
Authors : Zampa, Marta
Bletsas, Marina
Published in : Semiotica
Publisher / Ed. Institution : De Gruyter Mouton
Issue Date: 2017
License (according to publishing contract) : Licence according to publishing contract
Type of review: Peer review (Publication)
Language : English
Subjects : Argumentation; Newsmaking; Interaction; News value; Multimodal news item
Subject (DDC) : 400: Language, linguistics
418: Standard language usage
808: Rhetoric and writing
Abstract: The present paper deals with the production of a multimodal news item from an ethnographic perspective, aiming at fully understanding the role played by news values, i.e. shared criteria for news selection, in newsroom argumentation. The news item we consider is the picture news from Corriere del Ticino, the main Italian-language newspaper in Switzerland. As the Italian name fototesto says, this news item combines a verbal and a photographical component, presenting the journalists with particular challenges in its selection. To shed light on this production process, we take as a case study a picture news on eco-friendly heat distribution and the editorial conference leading to its choice, which took place on January 24, 2013. We analyze the interaction from the viewpoint of argumentation theory, combining Pragma-Dialectics (van Eemeren and Grootendorst) and the Argumentum Model of Topics (Rigotti and Greco Morasso 2009, 2010, under review), and unravel the reasons behind choices in content and form taken collaboratively by the journalists.
Departement: Angewandte Linguistik
Organisational Unit: Institute of Applied Media Studies (IAM)
Publication type: Article in scientific Journal
DOI : 10.1515/sem-2017-0149
ISSN: 0037-1998
Restricted until : 2018-11-09
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