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Line Hassall Thomsen

‘It’s like a family!’ - The Unity and Community of Journalists: On connections between newsrooms and how journalists share a community of practice.

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To journalists at traditional broadcast media these are times of insecurity and opportunity, rapid change and ever-growing competition. In the face of growing pressure, the unity and community of journalists employed at traditional broadcast media is increasingly strengthened. This paper explores the strong practice-community bonds existing between journalists employed at competing traditional broadcast media.
Drawing on a two-year period of ethnographic fieldwork conducted in the newsrooms of BBC News, ITV News, TV Avisen and TV2 Nyhederne, the paper presents an anthropological approach to studying journalists at work. During fieldwork, the study found journalists at competing newscasters to be working in very similar ways, while expressing a strong relational bond. In order to explore this bond, it is examined what is core and what is periphery to the journalists within the newsroom. One of the key findings is that each newsroom is very much connected to competing newsrooms by way of everyday practice-communities, both real and imagined.
Original languageEnglish
Publication year12 Nov 2014
Number of pages24
Publication statusPublished - 12 Nov 2014
EventEcrea 2014: Communication for Empowerment - Lisbon, Portugal
Duration: 12 Nov 201415 Nov 2014


ConferenceEcrea 2014

    Research areas

  • Journalism, Ethnography, Newsroom Studies, ideals and practices, Professionalism, practice communities, news, Anthropology, Media research

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