1st Edition

Self-Reflexive Journalism A Corpus Study of Journalistic Culture and Community in the Guardian

By Anna Marchi Copyright 2019
    280 Pages
    by Routledge

    280 Pages 29 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This book develops a corpus-assisted approach to the study of self-reflexivity in journalism and examines the ways in which news workers and subsequently, news organizations, choose to promote an identity for themselves and the ideologies that accompany them. Using The Guardian as a case study, the volume draws on its Corpus Assisted Discourse Studies (CADS) to explore ways in which a newspaper can reflect upon itself, including how newspapers conceptualize the role of the media, how they define good vs. bad journalism, what they see as professional values, how they attempt to cement community membership amongst their readers, how they construct and project their overall identity and role as newspapers and also how they see their position within the larger community. A chapter on the book’s methodological framework reflects on critical aspects of CADS, including triangulation, objectivity and subjectivity, total accountability, and replicability. CADS methods are applied in the analysis chapters, with accompanying reflections on what we learn about the strengths and also maybe about some of the limitations of corpus methodology. A summarizing chapter ties these strands together to make the case for a CADS approach to journalism and media studies and look to the future at how the digital age has shaped the journalism landscape. With its focus in extending a CADS approach to other aspects of journalism scholarship, this volume is key reading for graduate students and researchers in corpus linguistics, discourse analysis, media studies, and journalism studies.

    1. Introduction

    2. Approaches to News Discourse and Journalism

    3. Method, Corpus, Process

    4. Newsworkers

    5. News-trade Taxonomy

    6. Over There at The Guardian

    7. Here at The Guardian

    8. Epilogue


    Anna Marchi is an adjunct lecturer at the University of Bologna and collaborated with the Universities of Siena, Cardiff, Swansea and Lancaster. Her research interests are in the area of methodology of corpus linguistics and discourse analysis, news discourse and linguistic approaches to journalism studies. She recently co-edited Corpus Approaches to Discourse: A Critical Review (with Charlotte Taylor).