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Taking Journalism Seriously: News and the Academy argues that scholars have remained too entrenched within their own disciplinary areas resulting in isolated bodies of scholarship. This is the first book to critically survey journalism scholarship in one volume and organize it by disparate fields. The book reviews existing journalism research in such diverse fields as sociology, history, language studies, political science, and cultural analysis and dissects the most prevalent and understated research in each discipline.
Chapter 5: Language Studies and Journalism
Language Studies and Journalism
The examination of the languages of journalism has been a relatively novel phenomenon in the world of inquiry into journalism. Although language is at the heart of journalism, only over the past 30 years or so have scholars shown a sustained interest in investigating its languages. The combination of formal features of language—such as grammar, syntax, and word choice—and less formal ones—such as storytelling frames, textual patterns, and formulaic narratives—creates a multilayered system of information relay, which has grown in complexity as journalism has embraced not only the printed press but also radio, television, cable, and new media. Today, sound, still photographs, moving visuals, and patterns of interactivity have become part of the languages by which journalists provide ...