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Title: Being objective with a personal perspective: how environmental journalists at two Chinese newspapers articulate and practice objectivity
Authors: Tong, Jingrong
First Published: 20-Oct-2015
Publisher: SAGE Publications (UK and US)
Citation: Science Communication, 37 (6), pp. 747-768
Abstract: This article examines what objectivity means to 15 environmental journalists at two Chinese newspapers and how this value guides their practices. It reveals that although objectivity is central to their journalistic ethos, the participants see it as ethical to organize reports within a framework arising from their personal judgments of news events. The appropriation and particular definition of the American journalistic norm of objectivity increases the participants’ political safety and justifies them in playing their perceived role as guardians of society and educators. In so doing, they negotiate with other social actors and consolidate their cultural authority over defining reality.
DOI Link: 10.1177/1075547015612206
ISSN: 1075-5470
eISSN: 1552-8545
Version: Post-print
Status: Peer-reviewed
Type: Journal Article
Rights: Copyright © 2015, 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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