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Comparing Journalistic Role Performance Across Thematic Beats: A 37-Country Study.

Mellado, C., Márquez-Ramírez, M., Van Leuven, S., Jackson, D., Mothes, C., Arcila-Calderón, C., Berthaut, J., Blanchett, N., Boudana, S., Chenq, K. Y. N., Davydov, S., De Maio, M., Fahmy, N., Ferrero, M., Garcés, M., Hagen, L., Hallin, D. C., Humanes, M. L., Himma-Kadakas, M., Keel, G., Kozman, C., Krstić, A., Lecheler, S., Lee, M., Lin, C. I-H., Mazzoni, M., McGuinness, K., McIntyre, K., Mick, J., Navarro, C., Olivera, D., Pizarro, M., Silke, H., Skjerdal, T., Stępińska, A., Szabó, G. and Aguilar, D. V., 2023. Comparing Journalistic Role Performance Across Thematic Beats: A 37-Country Study. Journalism and Mass Communication Quarterly. (In Press)

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DOI: 10.1177/10776990231173890


Studies suggest that, at the routine level, news beats function as unique “micro-cultures.” Exploring this “particularist” approach in news content, we compare how the interventionist, watchdog, loyal, service, infotainment, and civic roles materialize across 11 thematic news beats and analyze the moderating effect of platforms, ownership, and levels of political freedom on journalistic role performance in hard and soft news. Based on the second wave of the Journalistic Role Performance (JRP) project, this article reports the findings of a content analysis of 148,474 news items from 37 countries. Our results reveal the transversality of interventionism, the strong associations of some topics and roles, and the limited reach of news beat particularism in the face of moderating variables.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:journalism; journalistic roles; comparative study; content analysis; beat journalism
Group:Faculty of Media & Communication
ID Code:38775
Deposited By: Symplectic RT2
Deposited On:14 Jul 2023 08:48
Last Modified:17 Jul 2023 08:53


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