Breaking News as Radicalisation: Categories and Hierarchies in Danish Online Newsrooms

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The aim of the paper is to make explicit how the different categories are applied in the online newsroom and thus how new categories can be seen as positioning strategies in the form of radicalisations of already existing categories. Thus field theory provides us with tools to analyse how online journalists are using the categorisations to create hierarchies within the journalistic field in order to position themselves as specialists in what Tuchman has called developing news, aiming and striving for what today is know as breaking news and the “exclusive scoop,” as the trademark of online journalism in a media environment where immediacy rules (Domingo 2008a). Following this research the primary focus of this paper is the category breaking news and Tuchmans developing news, but as they are all connected the analysis will also draw upon the other categories in Tuchmans typology. The theoretical framework provides us with the following two research questions: How does the category of breaking news fit into Tuchmans typology related to time, planning and technology? What types of stories are providing journalistic capital and how are online news stories categorised relatively within the journalistic field?
Translated title of the contributionBreaking News som radikalisering: Kategorier og hierarkier i danske redaktionsrum
Original languageEnglish
Publication date20 Jun 2011
Number of pages9
Publication statusPublished - 20 Jun 2011
EventIAMCR Conference 2010: Communication and Citizenship - Braga, Portugal
Duration: 18 Jul 201022 Jul 2010


ConferenceIAMCR Conference 2010: Communication and Citizenship

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