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Title: Chinese journalists' views of user-generated content producers and journalism: a case study of the boundary work of journalism
Authors: Tong, Jingrong
First Published: 7-May-2015
Publisher: Taylor & Francis (Routledge): SSH Titles, Asian Media Information and Communication Centre (AMIC)
Citation: Asian Journal of Communication, 2015, 25(6), pp. 600-616
Abstract: This article examines how journalists defend their boundaries and epistemic authority in the face of the challenges from user-generated content (UGC). It investigates the issue through exploring 51 Chinese journalists’ views of UGC producers and journalism. The interviews reveal that in this case study, Chinese journalists’ commitment to their social identity as ‘people of work units’ (danwei ren), i.e. their identity is defined by the employment relationship between journalists and news organisations, forms the ground of demarcating the boundaries between journalists and UGC producers. As a result, this group of Chinese journalists reinforces their conventional journalistic norms and identity as ‘organisational men/women’ and keeps old-fashioned journalism alive. In the meantime, however, they are aware of changes in the environment within which they practice, and therefore they reflect on their work and (re-)define what journalism is in order to adapt to the changes. This case study shows that the boundary work of Chinese journalists interviewed in the study and their understanding of boundaries are contextually bound. The boundary work of journalism is not only about defence but also about adaptation. It offers a perspective for understanding both continuity and change in the transformation of Chinese journalism as well as the boundaries of journalism in general.
DOI Link: 10.1080/01292986.2015.1019526
ISSN: 0129-2986
eISSN: 1742-0911
Version: Post-print
Status: Peer-reviewed
Type: Journal Article
Rights: Copyright © AMIC/SCI-NTU 2015. The file attached to this record is distributed under the Creative Commons “Attribution Non-Commercial No Derivatives” licence, further details of which can be found via the following link:
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