Stay Strong, Get Perspective, or Give Up: Role Negotiation in Small-Scale Investigative Journalism
Résumé This article examines how investigative journalists, especially those working in newsroom contexts, deal with discrepancies between ideals and practice by actively negotiating their roles. Based on interviews with 28 Swiss journalists, it argues that despite having a strongly shared ideology revolving around the democratic roles of journalism, investigative reporters negotiate their investigative commitment on a daily basis. The study provides a conceptual model of this process based on a distinction between “liquid” and “solid” negotiation strategies, in the sense of Deuze. “Liquid” strategies involve reinterpreting, contesting and combining various journalistic roles, leading journalists to negotiate their investigative performance based on various individual organizational and institutional factors. Conversely, “solid” strategies tend to involve dogmatic attitudes toward investigative journalism. While this approach allows journalists to live by their ideals most of the time, it can also lead to simply dropping out. The study concludes with several important implications for research on journalistic identity and roles, as well as on media management, particularly regarding journalists’ agency in redefining journalism.
Mots-clés Journalism - Investigative Reporting - Practices - Coverage - Ecosystem - Investigative commitment
Citation Cancela, P., & Dubied, A. (2022). Stay Strong, Get Perspective, or Give Up: Role Negotiation in Small-Scale Investigative Journalism. Journalism Studies, 23(9), 1056-1076.
Type Article de périodique (Anglais)
Date de publication 5-5-2022
Nom du périodique Journalism Studies
Volume 23
Numéro 9
Pages 1056-1076
URL https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/1461670X.202...
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