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Addressing a region? The Arab imagined audience and newsworthiness in the production of Al Jazeera Arabic

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posted on 23.01.2018, 09:31 by Julian Matthews, Maiya Al Habsi
Based on a production study of Al Jazeera Arabic, this paper examines news professionals’ visualisation of the Arab news audience and its importance for their ideas about newsworthiness and an ideal news agenda. In applying the concept of the imagined audience to Al Jazeera, it uncovers a view of Arab news consumers as constructed as (i) heterogeneous in character and origin and as sharing (ii) a ‘mindset’ and an experience of (iii) voicelessness. Further, it shows that these understandings help to grasp the specifics of journalists’ news making practices, including their efforts to prioritize potential stories for an ideal news agenda that demonstrate relevance for, or interest to, these imagined news consumers in addition to those stories that address their perceived ‘powerlessness’ in the Arab region. The paper concludes that these ideas mark clear boundaries around the countries and the issues that Al Jazzera seeks to report on.

History

Citation

International Communication Gazette, 2018

Author affiliation

/Organisation/COLLEGE OF SOCIAL SCIENCES, ARTS AND HUMANITIES/Department of Media, Communication and Sociology

Version

AM (Accepted Manuscript)

Published in

International Communication Gazette

Publisher

SAGE Publications (UK and US)

issn

1748-0485

eissn

1748-0493

Acceptance date

17/11/2017

Copyright date

2018

Available date

28/03/2018

Publisher version

http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/1748048518755210

Language

en