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Title: The defence of journalistic legitimacy in media discourse in China: An analysis of the case of Deng Yujiao
Authors: Tong, Jingrong
First Published: 19-Feb-2014
Publisher: SAGE Publications (UK and US)
Citation: Journalism, 2015, 16 (3), pp. 429-446
Abstract: This article examines the response of Chinese mainstream journalists towards their citizen counterparts, through an analysis of how journalists constructed a discourse of 'netizens' and journalism in the case of Deng Yujiao. The analysis is mainly drawn from a discourse analysis of the newspaper coverage of this case in the Southern Metropolitan Daily (SMD) and the relevant journalists' reflexive articles on the same topic published in the Journal of Southern Media Studies (JSMS). The discourse analysis is supplemented by interviews with 60 journalists in 2011 concerning their views of netizens in general and of the conflict between journalism and netizens in this particular case. Based on these three elements of analysis, this article offers an account of how institutionally-shaped journalistic norms and values have been used to set up and maintain the occupational boundaries of Chinese journalism, in an attempt to defend journalistic legitimacy by making a clear distinction between 'amateur netizens/them' and 'professional journalists/us'.
DOI Link: 10.1177/1464884913519037
ISSN: 1464-8849
eISSN: 1741-3001
Version: Post-print
Status: Peer-reviewed
Type: Journal Article
Rights: Copyright © 2014, the author. The file associated with 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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