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Language and Journalism

1st Edition

Edited by John Richardson


154 pages

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This book is an indispensable "cutting edge" book for students and researchers of journalism studies seeking a text that illustrates and applies a range of linguistic and discourse-analytic approaches to the analysis of journalism. While the form, function and politics of the language of journalism have attracted scholars from a wide range of academic disciplines, too often this analysis has reduced the work of journalists to text-characteristics alone. In contrast, this collection is united by the principle that journalistic discourse is always socially situated and the result of a series of processes – produced by journalists in accordance with particular production techniques and in specific institutional settings – and as such, analysis requires more than the methods offered by linguists.

The contributors to this book draw on a range of the most prominent theoretical and methodological approaches to media discourse – including Conversation Analysis, Critical Discourse Analysis, the APPRAISAL framework, Multi-modal Analysis and Rhetoric – in making sense of the language of newspapers (national, local and minority press), television and online journalism. Written in an engaging style by distinguished academic authorities, this book provides a state-of-the-art review of the subject.

This book was published as a special issue of Journalism Studies.

Table of Contents

1. Language and Journalism: An expanding research agenda John E. Richardson 2. Media(ted) Discourse and Society: Rethinking the framework of Critical Discourse Analysis Anabela Carvalho 3. "Upscale" News Audiences and the Transformation of Labour News Christopher R. Martin 4. Language Development, Knowledge and Use Among Journalists of European Minority Language Media Inaki Zabaleta, Nicolas Xamardo, Arantza Gutierrez, Santi Urrutia, and Itxaso Fernandez 5. "Objectivity" and "Hard News" Reporting Across Cultures: Comparing the news report in English, French, Japanese and Indonesian journalism Elizabeth A. Thomson, Peter R. R. White, and Philip Kitley 6. Unnamed Sources as Rhetorical Constructs in News Agency Reports Maija Stenvall 7. Branding Newspapers: Visual texts as social practice David Machin and Sarah Niblock 8. The Discourse of the Broadcast News Interview: A typology Martin Montgomery 9. The BBC’s Discursive Strategy and Practices vis-a-vis the Palestinian Conflict Leon Barkho

About the Editor

John E. Richardson is a lecturer in the Department of Social Sciences, Loughborough University. His research interests include structured social inequalities, racism in journalism, readers’ letters, (critical) discourse analysis and argumentation. His most recent book is Analysing Newspapers: An approach from critical discourse analysis (2007, Palgrave).

About the Series

Journalism Studies

Theory and Practice

The journal Journalism Studies was established at the turn of the new millennium by Bob Franklin. It was launched in the context of a burgeoning interest in the scholarly study of journalism and an expansive global community of journalism scholars and researchers. The ambition was to provide a forum for the critical discussion and study of journalism as a subject of intellectual inquiry but also an arena of professional practice. Previously, the study of journalism in the UK and much of Europe was a fairly marginal branch of the larger disciplines of media, communication and cultural studies; only a handful of Universities offered degree programmes in the subject. Journalism Studies has flourished and succeeded in providing the intended public space for discussion of research on key issues within the field, to the point where in 2007 a sister journal, Journalism Practice, was launched to enable an enhanced focus on practice-based issues, as well as foregrounding studies of journalism education, training and professional concerns. Both journals are among the leading ranked journals within the field and publish six issues annually, in electronic and print formats. From the outset, the publication of themed issues has been a commitment for both journals. Their purpose is first, to focus on highly significant or neglected areas of the field; second, to facilitate discussion and analysis of important and topical policy issues; and third, to offer readers an especially high quality and closely focused set of essays, analyses and discussions; or all three.

The Journalism Studies: Theory and Practice book series draws on a wide range of these themed issues from both journals and thereby extends the critical and public forum provided by them. The Editor of the journals works closely with guest editors to ensure that the books achieve relevance for readers and the highest standards of research rigour and academic excellence. The series makes a significant contribution to the field of journalism studies by inviting distinguished scholars, academics and journalism practitioners to discuss and debate the central concerns within the field. It also reaches a wider readership of scholars, students and practitioners across the social sciences, humanities and communication arts, encouraging them to engage critically with, but also to interrogate, the specialist scholarly studies of journalism which this series provides.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Communication Studies
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / Semantics
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Media Studies