Watchdogs, Advocates and Adversaries : Journalists’ Relational Role Conceptions in Asylum Reporting

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dc.contributor.author Ojala, Markus Mikael
dc.contributor.author Pöyhtäri, Reeta
dc.date.accessioned 2018-08-28T12:44:00Z
dc.date.available 2018-08-28T12:44:00Z
dc.date.issued 2018-06-29
dc.identifier.citation Ojala , M M & Pöyhtäri , R 2018 , ' Watchdogs, Advocates and Adversaries : Journalists’ Relational Role Conceptions in Asylum Reporting ' , Media and Communication , vol. 6 , no. 2 , pp. 168-178 . https://doi.org/10.17645/mac.v6i2.1284
dc.identifier.other PURE: 108395687
dc.identifier.other PURE UUID: dbfbe75d-c917-4a85-a784-fb8ffc335fba
dc.identifier.other Scopus: 85050509874
dc.identifier.other ORCID: /0000-0002-7784-8179/work/47802864
dc.identifier.other WOS: 000444278100004
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10138/239805
dc.description.abstract Journalistic role conceptions are usually understood as internalised professional conventions about the tasks reporters pursue in society. This study insists that more attention be put on the relational and context-dependent nature of journalistic role conceptions. Adopting a social-interactionist approach to journalistic roles, the study examines how Finnish journalists conceived of their professional roles when covering asylum issues during the so-called “refugee crisis” of 2015–2016. Based on an analysis of open-ended, semi-structured interviews with 24 journalists, we highlight how considerations of the political context and interactions with three key reference groups—officials, asylum seekers and anti-immigrant publics—shaped the journalists’ conceptions of their tasks and duties. The article contributes to the study of journalistic role conceptions by illustrating how the conceptualisation of journalistic roles in relation to reference groups takes place in practice. It also sheds light on the tensions involved in journalistic balancing and negotiation between various available role conceptions, especially in the shifting societal and political contexts of a Europe marked by multiculturalism and the simultaneous rise of anti-immigrant movements. en
dc.format.extent 11
dc.language.iso eng
dc.relation.ispartof Media and Communication
dc.rights.uri info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess
dc.subject 518 Media and communications
dc.title Watchdogs, Advocates and Adversaries : Journalists’ Relational Role Conceptions in Asylum Reporting en
dc.type Article
dc.contributor.organization Academic Disciplines of the Faculty of Social Sciences
dc.description.reviewstatus Peer reviewed
dc.relation.doi https://doi.org/10.17645/mac.v6i2.1284
dc.relation.issn 2183-2439
dc.rights.accesslevel openAccess
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