A different breed altogether? Distinctions between local and metropolitan journalism cultures

Hanusch, Folker (2015) A different breed altogether? Distinctions between local and metropolitan journalism cultures. Journalism Studies, 16(6), pp. 816-833.

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While a number of scholars have explored the special exigencies of local as opposed to metropolitan journalism, rarely have studies examined such differences in relation to journalism culture as constituted by journalists’ professional views. To address the gap in our knowledge, this study reports results from a representative survey of local and metropolitan newspaper journalists in Australia. Findings suggest that territorial context accounts for some significant differences in journalists’ demographics, as well as their role perceptions. In line with past research, local newspaper journalists exhibit much stronger support for the community forum and advocacy role. At the same time, and contrary to expectations, there is very little difference in their support of the watchdog role compared with metropolitan journalists. By combining questions about journalistic ideals and enactment in their work, and finding differences in the two, this study also has important implications for the methodological development of survey studies.

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ID Code: 76276
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: community, professional views, local, metropolitan, regional, role perception, survey, journalism
DOI: 10.1080/1461670X.2014.950880
ISSN: 1469-9699
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING (190000) > JOURNALISM AND PROFESSIONAL WRITING (190300) > Journalism Studies (190301)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Digital Media Research Centre
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Past > Schools > Journalism, Media & Communication
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2013 Taylor & Francis Group
Deposited On: 22 Sep 2014 22:20
Last Modified: 11 Apr 2016 00:21

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