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Informationsgeneralister och kunskapsspecialister : en sociokulturell undersökning av journalisters informationssökande

Martinsson, Lars Olov LU (2016) ABMM54 20161
Division of ALM
Department of Arts and Cultural Sciences
Abstract
Journalists’ ability to seek and use information can be seen as constructing our view of reality, since the informational choices that are made by journalists’ form the picture of society produced by media. Therefor journalists’ information literacy and work with information seeking have an important societal role that should not be taken for granted. The purpose of this thesis is to create an understanding of what constitutes being and becoming an information literate journalist and how information literacy manifests itself within journalistic work.

Data has been gathered using semi-structured interviews and ethnographical observations of journalists’ at one of Sweden’s larger local newspapers. This data has been analysed mainly... (More)
Journalists’ ability to seek and use information can be seen as constructing our view of reality, since the informational choices that are made by journalists’ form the picture of society produced by media. Therefor journalists’ information literacy and work with information seeking have an important societal role that should not be taken for granted. The purpose of this thesis is to create an understanding of what constitutes being and becoming an information literate journalist and how information literacy manifests itself within journalistic work.

Data has been gathered using semi-structured interviews and ethnographical observations of journalists’ at one of Sweden’s larger local newspapers. This data has been analysed mainly within a theoretical framework of contemporary socio-cultural research about information literacy and information seeking within working life contexts. The main conclusion of the study is that information literacy must be seen as a core ability not only for journalists’ information seeking, but for journalistic work in general. A second conclusion is that journalists’ information literacy is tightly connected with their fields of coverage and their understanding of the tacit, contextual and discursive nature of knowledge within these.

This study might be useful in proposing that information seeking, as a core activity in journalistic work, needs further investigation. With the conclusion that journalists’ information literacy and information seeking is strongly related to an understanding of social contexts outside of their own working environment, the study also shows that research in these areas benefit from a sociocultural perspective. (Less)
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author
Martinsson, Lars Olov LU
supervisor
organization
alternative title
Information generalists and knowledge specialists : a socio-cultural study of journalistic information literacy
course
ABMM54 20161
year
type
H2 - Master's Degree (Two Years)
subject
keywords
Information studies, Information literacy, Socio-cultural perspective, Journalism, Information retrieval, Practice theory
language
Swedish
id
8878141
date added to LUP
2016-08-19 13:43:22
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2016-08-19 13:43:22
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  abstract     = {Journalists’ ability to seek and use information can be seen as constructing our view of reality, since the informational choices that are made by journalists’ form the picture of society produced by media. Therefor journalists’ information literacy and work with information seeking have an important societal role that should not be taken for granted. The purpose of this thesis is to create an understanding of what constitutes being and becoming an information literate journalist and how information literacy manifests itself within journalistic work. 

Data has been gathered using semi-structured interviews and ethnographical observations of journalists’ at one of Sweden’s larger local newspapers. This data has been analysed mainly within a theoretical framework of contemporary socio-cultural research about information literacy and information seeking within working life contexts. The main conclusion of the study is that information literacy must be seen as a core ability not only for journalists’ information seeking, but for journalistic work in general. A second conclusion is that journalists’ information literacy is tightly connected with their fields of coverage and their understanding of the tacit, contextual and discursive nature of knowledge within these. 

This study might be useful in proposing that information seeking, as a core activity in journalistic work, needs further investigation. With the conclusion that journalists’ information literacy and information seeking is strongly related to an understanding of social contexts outside of their own working environment, the study also shows that research in these areas benefit from a sociocultural perspective.},
  author       = {Martinsson, Lars Olov},
  keyword      = {Information studies,Information literacy,Socio-cultural perspective,Journalism,Information retrieval,Practice theory},
  language     = {swe},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Informationsgeneralister och kunskapsspecialister : en sociokulturell undersökning av journalisters informationssökande},
  year         = {2016},
}