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The Recycling of News in Swedish Newspapers : Reused quotations and reports in articles about the crisis in the Swedish Academy in 2018

Skärlund, Sanna LU (2020) In Nordicom Review 41(1). p.69-84
Abstract
Newspapers in Sweden are experiencing reduced revenues due to decreases in advertisement sales and reader subscriptions. Given such circumstances, one way of being more cost-effective is for journalists to recycle pieces of texts already published by others. In this article, I investigate to what extent and how the four biggest newspapers in Sweden do this. Following a close reading of 120 articles about the crisis in the Swedish Academy in 2018, I found that the newspapers included recycled quotations attributed to other media to a great extent. Moreover, recycled statements from other media were often intermingled with quotes from new interviews; however, social media were not used as sources very often. A discussion of the problematic... (More)
Newspapers in Sweden are experiencing reduced revenues due to decreases in advertisement sales and reader subscriptions. Given such circumstances, one way of being more cost-effective is for journalists to recycle pieces of texts already published by others. In this article, I investigate to what extent and how the four biggest newspapers in Sweden do this. Following a close reading of 120 articles about the crisis in the Swedish Academy in 2018, I found that the newspapers included recycled quotations attributed to other media to a great extent. Moreover, recycled statements from other media were often intermingled with quotes from new interviews; however, social media were not used as sources very often. A discussion of the problematic aspects of “a culture of self-referentiality” concludes the article. (Less)
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journalism, recycling of news, churnalism, Swedish newspapers, social media
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Nordicom Review
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41
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1
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69 - 84
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The Nordic Information Centre for Media and Communication Research
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  • scopus:85082315561
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1403-1108
DOI
10.2478/nor-2020-0005
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English
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  series       = {Nordicom Review},
  title        = {The Recycling of News in Swedish Newspapers : Reused quotations and reports in articles about the crisis in the Swedish Academy in 2018},
  url          = {https://lup.lub.lu.se/search/ws/files/80985656/_20015119_Nordicom_Review_The_Recycling_of_News_in_Swedish_Newspapers.pdf},
  doi          = {10.2478/nor-2020-0005},
  volume       = {41},
  year         = {2020},
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