A product of their culture : Using a value systems approach to understand the work practices of journalists

Hanusch, Folker (2009) A product of their culture : Using a value systems approach to understand the work practices of journalists. International Communication Gazette, 71(7), pp. 613-626.

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Past approaches adopted by scholars in comparing international news have tended to concentrate on political and economic perspectives, while the role that culture plays in determining news has been somewhat neglected until recently. This article examines the role of culture in the development of journalistic practices and how a value systems approach can be applied to understanding journalism practices across cultures. Specifically, the article compares German and Anglo-American journalism practices with a view to locating differences between these traditions. The study demonstrates that using value systems as developed by Dutch anthropologist Geert Hofstede can be immensely useful in comparing the differences between the two traditions, as well as in understanding how journalists in these traditions report about the world.

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ID Code: 68290
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Journalism practice, Hofstede, German journalism, value systems, journalistic culture, journalistic values, comparative journalism, Anglo-American journalism
DOI: 10.1177/1748048509341895
ISSN: 1748-0493 (online) 1748-0485 (print)
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
Past > Schools > Journalism, Media & Communication
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2009 Sage Publications and the author.
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author can archive post-print (ie final draft post-refereeing)
Deposited On: 12 Mar 2014 04:21
Last Modified: 16 Mar 2014 03:52

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