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The Spirit of Public Service by Ida Schultz and Line Thomsen: Exploring ‘public service’ as an institutional logic guiding the everyday practice of journalists. The theoretical framework draws on Pierre Bourdieus’ field theory and recent works on cultural production and news work.

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Line Hassall Thomsen - Lecturer

  • Department of Information and Media Studies

Abstract:

Research on public service broadcasting tends to highlight norms and values at the strategic level. This paper explores ‘public service’ as an institutional logic guiding the everyday practice of journalists. The theoretical framework draws on Pierre Bourdieus’ field theory and recent works on cultural production and news work.

In order to understand the macro perspective of public service institutions today, we believe it is crucial to explore the public service news making and the micro perspective of the different norms and roles at play within the newsroom. Thus, through our fieldwork in the newsrooms of public broadcast TV stations, we both set out to explore the journalists’ own definitions and uses of public service in their everyday work. However, our fieldwork, conducted with a five year gap, in the same two newsrooms, revealed a complete change of attitude to the notion of public service. Why and how has this change of attitude come about? And what does it mean to public service journalism today? With Denmarks Radios’ tv newsroom as our case study, through this paper we aim to explore and analyse these questions based on our fieldwork observations and interviews with journalists inside the newsroom.


Emneord: Public Service, journalism, Production studies
21 Jul 2008

Event (Conference)

TitleProduction Studies
Date21/07/200821/07/2008
CityStockholm
CountrySweden

    Keywords

  • Public Service, journalism, Production studies

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