Title: “There are two different stories to tell” : collaborative text-picture production strategies of TV journalists
Authors : Perrin, Daniel
Published in : Journal of pragmatics : an interdisciplinary journal of language studies
Volume(Issue) : 43
Issue : 7
Pages : 1865
Pages to: 1875
Publisher / Ed. Institution : Elsevier
Publisher / Ed. Institution: Amsterdam
Issue Date: 2011
License (according to publishing contract) : Licence according to publishing contract
Type of review: Peer review (Publication)
Language : English
Subjects : Collaborative writing; Realist social theory; Newswriting; Writing strategy
Subject (DDC) : 070: News media, journalism and publishing
Abstract: What do journalists do when they negotiate their work, solve their problems, and produce their multimodal news items? This article outlines a theoretical framework for analyzing newswriting processes as a societal, organizational and individual activity and applies it to a case study drawn from a large ethnographic research project. The project combines realist social theory, domain theory, grounded theory, and progression analysis. Ethnographic interviews with stakeholders, video recordings of workplace conversations, and keystroke logs of writing processes in the newsroom are triangulated within this framework. We investigate how the Swiss public broadcasting company should, actually does, and could promote public understanding in Switzerland while operating between the poles of a political mandate and competitive market forces. The overall findings show that the knowledge of how to bridge the gap between the broadcasting company’s publicmandate and market forces cannot be identified in the executive suites, but in the newsrooms. The case study presented in this article illustrates how an experienced professional journalist recognized a critical situation of collaborative text-picture production and overcame an apparently intractable conflict with his emergent solution. This tacit knowledge – the situated, implicit and individual strategies and practices of certain experienced players – can be made available to the corporation as explicit organizational knowledge.
Departement: Angewandte Linguistik
Organisational Unit: Institute of Applied Media Studies (IAM)
Publication type: Article in scientific Journal
DOI : 10.1016/j.pragma.2010.09.023
ISSN: 0378-2166
URI: https://digitalcollection.zhaw.ch/handle/11475/5030
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