This book is an indispensable "cutting edge" book for students and researchers of journalism studies seeking a text that illustrates and applies a range of linguistic and discourse-analytic approaches to the analysis of journalism. While the form, function and politics of the language of journalism have attracted scholars from a wide range of academic disciplines, too often this analysis has reduced the work of journalists to text-characteristics alone. In contrast, this collection is united by the principle that journalistic discourse is always socially situated and the result of a series of processes – produced by journalists in accordance with particular production techniques and in specific institutional settings – and as such, analysis requires more than the methods offered by linguists.
The contributors to this book draw on a range of the most prominent theoretical and methodological approaches to media discourse – including Conversation Analysis, Critical Discourse Analysis, the APPRAISAL framework, Multi-modal Analysis and Rhetoric – in making sense of the language of newspapers (national, local and minority press), television and online journalism. Written in an engaging style by distinguished academic authorities, this book provides a state-of-the-art review of the subject.
This book was published as a special issue of Journalism Studies.
About the Author
John E. Richardson is a lecturer in the Department of Social Sciences, Loughborough University. His research interests include structured social inequalities, racism in journalism, readers’ letters, (critical) discourse analysis and argumentation. His most recent book is Analysing Newspapers: An approach from critical discourse analysis (2007, Palgrave).
Table of Contents
1. Language and Journalism: An expanding research agenda John E. Richardson 2. Media(ted) Discourse and Society: Rethinking the framework of Critical Discourse Analysis Anabela Carvalho 3. "Upscale" News Audiences and the Transformation of Labour News Christopher R. Martin 4. Language Development, Knowledge and Use Among Journalists of European Minority Language Media Inaki Zabaleta, Nicolas Xamardo, Arantza Gutierrez, Santi Urrutia, and Itxaso Fernandez 5. "Objectivity" and "Hard News" Reporting Across Cultures: Comparing the news report in English, French, Japanese and Indonesian journalism Elizabeth A. Thomson, Peter R. R. White, and Philip Kitley 6. Unnamed Sources as Rhetorical Constructs in News Agency Reports Maija Stenvall 7. Branding Newspapers: Visual texts as social practice David Machin and Sarah Niblock 8. The Discourse of the Broadcast News Interview: A typology Martin Montgomery 9. The BBC’s Discursive Strategy and Practices vis-a-vis the Palestinian Conflict Leon Barkho