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Title: Media performance in the aftermath of terror: Reporting templates, political ritual and the UK press coverage of the London Bombings, 2005
Authors: Matthews, Julian
First Published: 3-Nov-2014
Publisher: SAGE Publications
Citation: Journalism: theory, practice and criticism, 2014, 1464884914554175
Abstract: This article examines newspaper reaction in the immediate aftermath of the London bombings 2005 to identify the repertoires they use to respond to this large-scale terrorist incident perpetrated on UK soil. It introduces to our established view of media reporting of terrorism, a moment when traditionally differentiated newspapers respond collectively to this incident with coverage marked by its representations of condemnation, solidarity and law and enforcement brought together within human-interest story treatments. These findings point to newspaper journalists employing a generic reporting template at this time to reproduce copy so ordered as to respond consensually to this incident. Newspapers’ performances across this period privilege official responses and collective national reaction to the bombings as they cauterise an identified social wound produced by the incident. Their investigation calls attention to the ritual character of reporting produced against this context, pointing in particular to the enacted images of ‘Britishness’ central to its performance.
DOI Link: 10.1177/1464884914554175
ISSN: 1464-8849
eISSN: 1741-3001
Version: Post-print
Status: Peer-reviewed
Type: Journal Article
Rights: Copyright © 2014, SAGE Publications. Deposited with reference to the publisher’s archiving policy available on the SHERPA/RoMEO website.
Appears in Collections:Published Articles, Dept. of Media and Communication

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