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How does ‘Newstainment’ actually work? : ethnographic research methods and contemporary popular news

Harrington, Stephen (2007) How does ‘Newstainment’ actually work? : ethnographic research methods and contemporary popular news. In International Communication Association (Creating Communication : Content, Control, and Critique), 24-28 May 2007, San Francisco, CA.

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Abstract

Much debate has taken place recently over the potential for entertainment genres and unorthodox forms of news to provide legitimate – indeed democratized – in-roads into the public sphere. Amidst these discussions, however, little thought has been paid to the audiences for programs of this sort, and (even when viewers are considered) the research can too easily treat audiences in homogenous terms and therefore replicate the very dichotomies these television shows directly challenge. This paper is a critical reflection on an audience study into the Australian morning “newstainment” program Sunrise. After examining the show and exploring how it is ‘used’ as a news source, this paper will promote the use of ethnographic study to better conceptualize how citizens integrate and connect the increasingly fragmented and multifarious forms of postmodern political communication available in their everyday lives.

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ID Code: 25818
Item Type: Conference Paper
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Keywords: Breakfast Television, Sunrise, Media Audiences, Ethnography
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LANGUAGES COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE (200000) > CULTURAL STUDIES (200200)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING (190000) > FILM TELEVISION AND DIGITAL MEDIA (190200) > Film and Television (190204)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Current > Schools > Journalism, Media & Communication
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2007 [please consult the author]
Deposited On: 18 Jun 2009 15:47
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2010 23:50

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