Comparing Journalistic Role Performance Across Thematic Beats: A 37-Country Study
Source of Publication
Journalism and Mass Communication Quarterly
Studies suggest that, at the routine level, news beats function as unique “micro-cultures.” Exploring this “particularist” approach in news content, we compare how the interventionist, watchdog, loyal, service, infotainment, and civic roles materialize across 11 thematic news beats and analyze the moderating effect of platforms, ownership, and levels of political freedom on journalistic role performance in hard and soft news. Based on the second wave of the Journalistic Role Performance (JRP) project, this article reports the findings of a content analysis of 148,474 news items from 37 countries. Our results reveal the transversality of interventionism, the strong associations of some topics and roles, and the limited reach of news beat particularism in the face of moderating variables.
journalism, news beats, professional roles, role performance, soft and hard news
Mellado, Claudia; Márquez-Ramírez, Mireya; Van Leuven, Sarah; Jackson, Daniel; Mothes, Cornelia; Arcila-Calderón, Carlos; Berthaut, Jérome; Blanchett, Nicole; Boudana, Sandrine; Chen, Katherine Y.N.; Davydov, Sergey; De Maio, Mariana; Fahmy, Nagwa; Ferrero, Martina; Garcés, Miguel; Hagen, Lutz; Hallin, Daniel C.; Humanes, María Luisa; Himma-Kadakas, Marju; Keel, Guido; Kozman, Claudia; Krstić, Aleksandra; Lecheler, Sophie; Lee, Misook; Lin, Christi I.Hsuan; Mazzoni, Marco; McGuinness, Kieran; and McIntyre, Karen, "Comparing Journalistic Role Performance Across Thematic Beats: A 37-Country Study" (2023). All Works. 5992.
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Green: A manuscript of this publication is openly available in a repository