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Title: A Missing Link? The Imagined Audience, News Practices and the Production of Children's News
Authors: Matthews, Julian
First Published: 24-Apr-2008
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Citation: Journalism Practice, 2008, 20 (2), pp. 265-280
Abstract: Based on a production study of the distinct and unique children's news programme, BBC Newsround, this paper explores the place of the professional understanding of the target audience as a “missing link” within the news-making process. Approaching programme production with this concern uncovers the particular understandings of the target audience that inform journalists’ news culture and professional views. Further revealed is how such ideas, when traced within the news production process, explain the particularised practices that condition and shape “appropriate” news representations for the audience. The paper concludes with an assessment of the impact of these professional ideas on the dialogical possibilities of the children's news programme.
DOI Link: 10.1080/17512780801999402
ISSN: 1751-2786
eISSN: 1751-2794
Version: Post-print
Status: Peer-reviewed
Type: Journal Article
Rights: Copyright © 2008, Taylor and Francis. This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Journalism Practice on 24 April 2008, available online:
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