Mind the gap: Between journalistic role conception and role enactment

Edson C. Tandoc, Lea Hellmueller, Tim P. Vos

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

142 Scopus citations

Abstract

The study of journalistic role conceptions rests on the assumption that these conceptions shape the news stories that journalists create. However, limited empirical evidence exists to support this assumed linear relationship between role conception and role enactment. This exploratory study compared role conceptions deduced from survey data of 56 journalists with a content analysis of those same journalists’ articles (N = 270). The findings suggest that this assumed linear relationship between role conception and role enactment should be questioned rather than presumed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)539-554
Number of pages16
JournalJournalism Practice
Volume7
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - 2013

Keywords

  • Cultural capital
  • Gatekeeping
  • Journalists
  • Role conceptions
  • Role enactment

Fingerprint

Dive into the research topics of 'Mind the gap: Between journalistic role conception and role enactment'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this