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Ucl guest lecture tvh

  1. 1. How journalists source newsA linguisticethnographic approachUniversitécatholique de Louvain14 October 2012<br />Dr. Tom Van Hout<br />tom.vanhout@gmail.com<br />
  2. 2. etHnograPHY<br />A 5-slide primer on:<br />
  3. 3. Foto: medhead (flickr.com)<br />
  4. 4. culturalecology<br />a family of methods involving direct and sustained social contact with agents and of richly writing up the encounter, respecting, recording, representing at least partly in its own terms the irreducibility of human experience.<br />(Willis & Trondman 2002: 394)<br />
  5. 5. ethnography<br />studies meaning in context (fieldwork)<br />participates in, observesandreconstructs<br />documents the how, whatandwhy<br />makes the familiarstrange(process)<br />makes the strangefamiliar(product)<br />
  6. 6. ethnographic analysis<br />case studymethodology<br />= micro-level analyses of social action <br />evidential: empiricalfacts<br />conjectural: meaning in context<br />knowledge is generatedinductively<br />
  7. 7. ethnographic analysis<br />Blommaert, Jan, & Dong, Jie. (2010). Ethnographic Fieldwork: A Beginner's Guide. Bristol: Multilingual Matters.<br />
  8. 8. NEWS etHnograPHY<br />Next, a 3 slide outline of<br />
  9. 9. newsroomethnographies<br />the organisationalrequirements of news combine with the professional ideology of objectivity to routinely privilege the voices of the powerful, and this further reinforces the tendency towards the standardised and ideological nature of news.<br />(Cottle 2007: 4)<br />
  10. 10. atale of twoparadigms<br />Paterson, Chris, & Domingo, David (Eds.). (2011). Making Online News - Volume 2. Newsroom Ethnography in the Second Decade of Internet Journalism (Vol. 2). New York: Peter Lang.<br />Bird, Elizabeth S. (Ed.). (2010). The Anthropology of News and Journalism: Global perspectives. Indiana: Indiana University Press.<br />
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  12. 12. LinguisticetHnograPHY<br />Andfinally: 2 slides on<br />
  13. 13. tying down & opening up<br />"'tying ethnography down': pushing ethnography towards the analysis of clearly delimitable processes, increasing the amount of reported data that is open to falsification, looking to impregnate local description with analytical frameworks drawn from outside. [...] <br />'opening linguistics up': inviting reflexive sensitivity to the processes involved in the production of linguistic claims and to the potential importance of what gets left out, encouraging a willingness to accept (and run with) the fact that beyond the reach of standardised falsification procedures '[e]xperience … has ways of boiling over, and making us correct our present formulas'." <br />Rampton et al 2004: 4<br />
  14. 14. discourses<br />education<br />workplace<br />community<br />literacy<br />multimodality<br />
  15. 15. empiricalexample<br />Oct 2006 – March 2007<br />De Standaard<br />How do journalists write from sources?<br />
  16. 16. access<br />‘foot in the door’ approach<br />interview<br />‘meeloopdag’<br />fieldwork<br />
  17. 17. fieldwork<br />trial & error<br />research protocol<br />story identification<br />reporter confirmation<br />data recording & observation<br />retrospective interview<br />
  18. 18. parameters<br />Analyzing the spatiotemporal unfolding of news production;<br />Describing concrete situations in order to interrogate claims made about journalism;<br />Alternating between levels of analytical magnification;<br />Sustaining a dialogue between theory, observation and interpretation<br />
  19. 19. veldwerk<br />
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  21. 21. analysis<br />
  22. 22. interview<br />My first idea was actually<br />Now I must give the floor to<br />‘Ma bon’, it’s Apple<br />
  23. 23. Writing at warp speed<br />
  24. 24. descriptivestats<br />
  25. 25. pausebehavior<br />
  26. 26. fluency<br />
  27. 27. progression<br />
  28. 28. writingfrom sources<br />what journalists do, how they do so and why;<br />knowledge mediation and journalistic representation processes; and<br />ultimately have wider applicability for the study of media production, intertextualityand cultural production in general.<br />

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