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LINGUIST List 21.1927

Thu Apr 22 2010

Diss: Disc Analysis/Pragmatics:Hout:'Writing from Sources:Ethnograp...'

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        1.    Tom Van Hout, Dissertation Abstract

Message 1: Dissertation Abstract
Date: 21-Apr-2010
From: Tom Van Hout <tom.vanhoutugent.be>
Subject: Dissertation Abstract
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Institution: Ghent University
Program: Department of Language and Communication
Dissertation Status: Completed
Degree Date: 2010

Author: Tom Van Hout

Dissertation Title: Writing from Sources: Ethnographic insights into business news production

Dissertation URL: http://www.scribd.com/doc/27263832/Writing-From-Sources

Linguistic Field(s): Discourse Analysis
                            Pragmatics

Dissertation Director:
Luuk Van Waes
Geert Jacobs

Dissertation Abstract:

Drawing on data collected at the Economics News Desk of De Standaard, a
quality newspaper in Belgium, this book examines the situated practices of
print journalists in their roles as knowledge mediators and creators. How
do reporters make sense of the various sources, narratives and frames
around them and channel these into one final news story? What is the
journalist's role in the representation of events? How are news articles
negotiated between reporters, editors and sources? How do technologies of
production mediate the news process? Crucially, what does the journalist
actually do while writing?

The first part of this book outlines a theoretical and methodological
framework for a linguistic ethnographic approach to news production and
describes the fieldwork procedures for collecting data. In the second part,
the book presents four empirical chapters that analyze journalism as a
field of production, then as materiality, next as literacy and finally as
opacity. The third part addresses the 'So what?' question by reflecting on
the validity, reliability and generalizability of this study from the
perspective of linguistic ethnography.



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