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A sham renaissance? 9/11 and the authority of newspaper journalism

Bromley, Michael S. (2003) A sham renaissance? 9/11 and the authority of newspaper journalism. Australian Journalism Review, 25(1), pp. 5-31.

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Abstract

The terrorist attacks in America on September 11, 2001 have been seen by many as restoring journalism's authority as a global civic information mechanism, rolling back encroaching forms of so-called trivialisation. Testing this hypothesis against the ways in which national and metroplolitan newspapers in Australia framed their initial reports of 9/11 on the front pages of September 12 2001 issues it becomes apparent that no such change occured. While Australian newspapers have differenet social bases from those in the United Kingdom, and a less pronounced dichotomy between tabloid and broadsheet titles, their responses to the 'what a story' of 9/11 demonstrated a similar, if more conservative, adherence to the lexical and visual forms of contemporary media. In their presentation of 9/11, newspapers in Australia no less than in Britain, relied on practices which have characterised journalism for the past two decades, drawing predominantly on constructs of 'the popular' rather than on mythic 'good journalism'; privileging visual impact and decentreing traditional forms of journalistic craft.

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ID Code: 210
Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: Newspapers, Journalism, Terrorism, Australia, Great Britain, Visual impact
ISSN: 0810-2686
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LANGUAGES COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE (200000) > COMMUNICATION AND MEDIA STUDIES (200100)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING (190000) > JOURNALISM AND PROFESSIONAL WRITING (190300)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2003 Journalism Education Association
Deposited On: 12 Jun 2004
Last Modified: 17 Sep 2010 11:32

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