Waking up with friends : breakfast news, Sunrise and the "televisual sphere"

Harrington, Stephen (2010) Waking up with friends : breakfast news, Sunrise and the "televisual sphere". Journalism Studies, 11(2), pp. 175-189.

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This paper examines the Australian breakfast news program Sunrise. By drawing on interviews with both viewers and producers, as well as selected textual analysis, it examines the show, how it is "used" as a news source, and explores its role within the audience’s morning routines. By viewing the show as a part of what Baym has termed the "Televisual Sphere", it will argue against the common discourse that the program has simply followed a populist style in pursuit of higher ratings. Because of its success in communicating and connecting with viewers, it may be more constructive to consider Sunrise a very effective form of journalism which has been at the forefront of the recent trend towards increased levels of viewer input in television journalism.

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ID Code: 31155
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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DOI: 10.1080/14616700903407395
ISSN: 1461-670X
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING (190000) > JOURNALISM AND PROFESSIONAL WRITING (190300) > Journalism Studies (190301)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LANGUAGES COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE (200000) > COMMUNICATION AND MEDIA STUDIES (200100) > Media Studies (200104)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2010 Routledge (Taylor & Francis)
Deposited On: 07 Mar 2010 23:21
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 14:21

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