Title: Journalists' language awareness : inferences from writing strategies
Authors : Perrin, Daniel
Ehrensberger-Dow, Maureen
Published in : Alicante journal of English studies = Revista alicantina de estudios ingleses
Volume(Issue) : 19
Pages : 319
Pages to: 343
Publisher / Ed. Institution : Universidad de Alicante
Publisher / Ed. Institution: Alicante
Issue Date: 2006
License (according to publishing contract) : Licence according to publishing contract
Type of review: Not specified
Language : English
Subjects : Strategies; Writing; Awareness; Journalists
Subject (DDC) : 070: News media, journalism and publishing
808: Rhetoric and writing
Abstract: What journalists want to do is not always what they actually do as they sit at their computer workstations writing news based on source texts. This article focuses on journalists writing behavior and their writing strategies in a sample of 17 case studies. Data was collected with progression analysis, a multi method approach combining ethnographic observation and interviews with computer logging and retrospective verbalizations. With this approach, it is possible to make inferences about the awareness journalists have of their language and their language use. The explorative findings show that there might be considerable differences between the professionally guided intentions of writers and their actions a strong argument for multi-method approaches in production-oriented discourse analysis. Furthermore, the findings show clear differences between experienced and inexperienced journalists: the repertoires of the experienced journalists contain more writing strategies that are oriented to the management of the writing process and the design of the text function. Heightened language awareness may well be linked causally to writing success.
Departement: Angewandte Linguistik
Organisational Unit: Institute of Applied Media Studies (IAM)
Publication type: Article in scientific Journal
ISSN: 0214-4808
URI: https://digitalcollection.zhaw.ch/handle/11475/4883
Appears in Collections:Publikationen Angewandte Linguistik

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