QUT ePrints

Top Gear, top journalism : three lessons for political journalists from the world's most popular TV show

Harrington, Stephen (2010) Top Gear, top journalism : three lessons for political journalists from the world's most popular TV show. Continuum : Journal of Media and Cultural Studies, 24(6), pp. 933-994.

View at publisher

Abstract

This article examines the BBC program Top Gear, discussing why it has become one of the world’s most-watched TV programs, and how it has very successfully captivated an audience who might otherwise not be particularly interested in cars. The analysis of the show is here framed in the form of three ‘lessons’ for journalists, suggesting that some of the entertaining (and highly engaging) ways in which Top Gear presents information to its viewers could be usefully applied in the coverage of politics – a domain of knowledge which, like cars, many citizens find abstract or boring.

Impact and interest:

0 citations in Scopus
Search Google Scholar™
0 citations in Web of Science®

Citation countsare sourced monthly from Scopus and Web of Science® citation databases.

These databases contain citations from different subsets of available publications and different time periods and thus the citation count from each is usually different. Some works are not in either database and no count is displayed. Scopus includes citations from articles published in 1996 onwards, and Web of Science® generally from 1980 onwards.

Citations counts from the Google Scholar™ indexing service can be viewed at the linked Google Scholar™ search.

Full-text downloads:

169 since deposited on 26 Aug 2010
88 in the past twelve months

Full-text downloadsdisplays the total number of times this work’s files (e.g., a PDF) have been downloaded from QUT ePrints as well as the number of downloads in the previous 365 days. The count includes downloads for all files if a work has more than one.

ID Code: 34231
Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: Top Gear, Journalism, Jeremy Clarkson, Motoring, Television
ISSN: 1030-4312
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)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Current > Schools > Journalism, Media & Communication
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2010 Taylor & Francis
Copyright Statement: This is an electronic version of an article published in [Harrington, Stephen (2010) Top Gear, top journalism : three lessons for political journalists from the world's most popular TV show]. [Continuum: Journal of Media and Cultural Studies] is available online at informaworldTM
Deposited On: 26 Aug 2010 11:25
Last Modified: 01 Jul 2012 00:10

Export: EndNote | Dublin Core | BibTeX

Repository Staff Only: item control page