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Mobile/sedentary: News work behind and beyond the desk
Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Department of culture and media studies.
2015 (English)In: Media History, ISSN 1368-8804, E-ISSN 1469-9729, Vol. 21, no 3, 280-293 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article examines the changing journalistic norms and roles in terms of mobile and sedentary news work at the end of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. The analysis draws on the research into the small everyday tools of bureaucracy and science. The focus is on the quill, the scissors and paste pot, the body of the reporter and the computer. Journalistic neutrality and truth seem at any given time to be defined in line with the practices made possible by the available tools. A change in tools makes new practices possible, meaning that the norms have to be redefined. Journalism was once synonymous with mobile reporters reporting on events they themselves witnessed. Journalism today, however, is often sedentary copy-and-paste work, much resembling the scissors-and-paste journalism of the nineteenth century. Comparison reveals that such transmission of texts and images produced by someone else always runs the risk of reproducing the voices of the elites.

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2015. Vol. 21, no 3, 280-293 p.
Keyword [en]
news, Sweden, journalistic roles, journalistic work, technology, objectivity
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Other Humanities Media and Communications
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medie- och kommunikationsvetenskap
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-118046DOI: 10.1080/13688804.2015.1007858OAI: diva2:910978

Special Issue: Redefining Journalism During the Period of the Mass Press 1880-1920

Available from: 2016-03-10 Created: 2016-03-10 Last updated: 2016-05-31Bibliographically approved

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