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Being objective with a personal perspective: how environmental journalists at two Chinese newspapers articulate and practice objectivity

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posted on 11.04.2016, 09:38 by Jingrong Tong
This article examines what objectivity means to 15 environmental journalists at two Chinese newspapers and how this value guides their practices. It reveals that although objectivity is central to their journalistic ethos, the participants see it as ethical to organize reports within a framework arising from their personal judgments of news events. The appropriation and particular definition of the American journalistic norm of objectivity increases the participants’ political safety and justifies them in playing their perceived role as guardians of society and educators. In so doing, they negotiate with other social actors and consolidate their cultural authority over defining reality.

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Citation

Science Communication, 37 (6), pp. 747-768

Author affiliation

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

Version

AM (Accepted Manuscript)

Published in

Science Communication

Publisher

SAGE Publications (UK and US)

issn

1075-5470

eissn

1552-8545

Copyright date

2015

Available date

11/04/2016

Publisher version

http://scx.sagepub.com/content/37/6/747.short

Language

en