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Inside the TV Newsroom

Profession Under Pressure

In an era where the way people get news is ever-changing, how do broadcast journalists work? How do changes to the field affect journalists at traditional public broadcasters? And what similarities are there between license-funded news programs—like those on the BBC—and commercial news?

​This book, built on years of unique access to the newsrooms of BBC News and ITV News in the United Kingdom and DR TV Avisen and TV2 Nyhedeme in Denmark, answers those questions and more. Exploring the shared professional ideals of journalists, the study analyzes how they conceive of stories as important, and how their ideals relating to their work are expressed and aspired to in everyday practice.

340 pages | 6 halftones | 7 x 9 | © 2018

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"An insightful, well-written, often witty example of what happens when researchers immerse themselves in the everyday working life of the journalists they aim to study. . . . The way Thomsen deals with ethical questions renders this book a very important tool for anyone seeking to conduct newsroom ethnography today. . . . Thomsen maps the field in which academics and journalists alike need to engage to resolve the future of our press."

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Table of Contents

PART I: Journalists and newsrooms as objects of research
PART II:  An anthropologist among journalists
PART III: Introducing the four news divisions and a relationship of constant competition
PART IV: Inside the new newsroom
PART V: New struggles and old ideals
PART VI: Exiting the newsroom

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