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Title: The epistemology of environmental investigative journalists: the case of China
Authors: Tong, Jingrong
First Published: 12-Sep-2015
Publisher: Taylor & Francis (Routledge): SSH Titles, International Communication Association (ICA), Journalism Studies Division
Citation: Journalism Studies, 2015, Online First
Abstract: This paper offers a case study of the epistemology of Chinese environmental investigative journalists, drawn from 42 in-depth interviews conducted between 2011 and 2013. The study proposes that it is the knowledge that journalists form, rather than whether the knowledge is objective, which is important for understanding the epistemology of environmental investigative journalists. The analysis reveals that four types of knowledge are central to what participants come to know about environmental issues in the process of validating evidence and making judgments. The importance of experience, cognition and evidence-based judgment in the knowledge formation process means there is an inevitable (but covert) involvement of journalists’ subjectivity in their reports. This suggests that the participants practise an advocacy and ethnographic journalism, characterised by pragmatism, existentialism and particular standpoints, while making a strong claim to “truth”. These standpoints are generated in the pre-writing investigation stage rather than in the writing-up stage. Therefore, in this case study, the epistemology of environmental investigative journalism is concerned with how and when meanings and opinions are generated in the process of knowledge acquisition, rather than whether the knowledge is objective.
DOI Link: 10.1080/1461670X.2015.1076707
ISSN: 1461-670X
eISSN: 1469-9699
Embargo on file until: 12-Mar-2017
Version: Post-print
Status: Peer-reviewed
Type: Journal Article
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