Images of Essence : journalists discourse on the professional discipline of verification

Auteur(s): Shapiro, Ivor; Brin, Colette; Spoel, Philippa; Marshall, Lee
Autre(s) titre(s): Canadian Journal of Communication, Vol. 41 (1), 37–48 (2016)
Résumé: The verification of factual accuracy is widely held as essential to journalists’ professional identity. Our rhetorical analysis of interviews with award-winning and semi-randomly selected newspaper reporters confirms this professional norm while revealing a preference for four types of image to describe verification methods. Spatial and temporal travel images paint verification as an embedded but adaptable heuristic process. Images of conflict suggest verification as a weapon and a shield against implied enemies. Journalists speak of vision both literally as the preeminent tool of verification, and figuratively as a metaphor for interpretation. Meanwhile, a fourth and seemingly predominant image—that of storytelling—functions to integrate the images of travel, battle, and observation and the different forms of professional identity that they connote. The quest for truth through storytelling likewise suggests a rich, if ambiguous, sense of good journalism as combining the instruments of fact with the craft of fiction.
Type de document: Article de recherche
Date de publication: 1 janvier 2016
Date de la mise en libre accès: 12 février 2018
Version du document: VofR
Lien permanent: http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11794/17003
Ce document a été publié dans: Canadian Journal of Communication
https://doi.org/10.22230/CJC2016V41N1A2929
Canadian Journal of Communication
Autre version disponible: 10.22230/CJC2016V41N1A2929
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