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The evolution of objective and interpretative journalism in the western press. Comparing six news systems since the 1960s


Esser, Frank; Umbricht, Andrea (2014). The evolution of objective and interpretative journalism in the western press. Comparing six news systems since the 1960s. Journalism and Mass Communication Quarterly, 91(2):229-249.

Abstract

A content analysis of 2,422 political news stories from national and regional newspapers examines the different ways in which the hard-news paradigm has been adopted in the United States, Great Britain, Germany, Switzerland, France, and Italy between the 1960s and 2000s. The study traces how hard news practices diffused differently across borders, and how they have been combined with elements of interpretation and opinion over time. This process has led to the formation of three distinct news cultures. Conclusions are drawn for a broader understanding of the evolution of news journalism and the appropriate classification of Western media systems.

Abstract

A content analysis of 2,422 political news stories from national and regional newspapers examines the different ways in which the hard-news paradigm has been adopted in the United States, Great Britain, Germany, Switzerland, France, and Italy between the 1960s and 2000s. The study traces how hard news practices diffused differently across borders, and how they have been combined with elements of interpretation and opinion over time. This process has led to the formation of three distinct news cultures. Conclusions are drawn for a broader understanding of the evolution of news journalism and the appropriate classification of Western media systems.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Department of Communication and Media Research
Dewey Decimal Classification:700 Arts
Scopus Subject Areas:Social Sciences & Humanities > Communication
Uncontrolled Keywords:political news, international journalism, comparative media systems research, professionalism, objectivity, interpretative journalism, quantitative content analysis
Language:English
Date:2014
Deposited On:25 Feb 2015 11:08
Last Modified:20 May 2020 09:05
Publisher:Sage Publications Ltd.
ISSN:1077-6990
OA Status:Closed
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1177/1077699014527459

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