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Det journalistiska trumfkortet : en kvalitativ intervjustudie om publicisters förhållande till begreppet allmänintresse

Rudolfsson, Sebastian LU and Lindberg, Niklas LU (2017) JOUK10 20162
Journalism
Abstract
The term “public interest” is frequently used in discussions regarding media ethics in Sweden. It is also used in the ethical guidelines for journalists, created by the industry itself. But what the term actually means is difficult to grasp, and a comprehensive definition is difficult to find. Therefore, the purpose of this essay is to examine the views of publishers regarding the term “public interest”. Furthermore, it’s this essay’s intent to unravel the vague substance of said term. By interviewing six publishers from different print and broadcasting media, from both commercial and public service companies, this essay tries to clarify where their views originate and how it is to be understood. This essay also analyses the different... (More)
The term “public interest” is frequently used in discussions regarding media ethics in Sweden. It is also used in the ethical guidelines for journalists, created by the industry itself. But what the term actually means is difficult to grasp, and a comprehensive definition is difficult to find. Therefore, the purpose of this essay is to examine the views of publishers regarding the term “public interest”. Furthermore, it’s this essay’s intent to unravel the vague substance of said term. By interviewing six publishers from different print and broadcasting media, from both commercial and public service companies, this essay tries to clarify where their views originate and how it is to be understood. This essay also analyses the different kinds of external pressure of which the publishers finds themselves in a time of a colder and harsher media climate. By analysing the answers extracted from the empirical evidence it shows that the publishers we’ve spoken to have a surprisingly homogeneous understanding of the term “public interest” even though they have little in common except for their line of work. Furthermore, it can be concluded that the vagueness of “public interest” seems to be its strength from the publisher’s point of view and that it would be difficult to use the term as a publishing instrument without it. (Less)
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Rudolfsson, Sebastian LU and Lindberg, Niklas LU
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JOUK10 20162
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M2 - Bachelor Degree
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journalism, public interest, habitus, media ethics, publishers, media climate
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Swedish
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8900830
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2017-02-09 10:47:24
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  abstract     = {The term “public interest” is frequently used in discussions regarding media ethics in Sweden. It is also used in the ethical guidelines for journalists, created by the industry itself. But what the term actually means is difficult to grasp, and a comprehensive definition is difficult to find. Therefore, the purpose of this essay is to examine the views of publishers regarding the term “public interest”. Furthermore, it’s this essay’s intent to unravel the vague substance of said term. By interviewing six publishers from different print and broadcasting media, from both commercial and public service companies, this essay tries to clarify where their views originate and how it is to be understood. This essay also analyses the different kinds of external pressure of which the publishers finds themselves in a time of a colder and harsher media climate. By analysing the answers extracted from the empirical evidence it shows that the publishers we’ve spoken to have a surprisingly homogeneous understanding of the term “public interest” even though they have little in common except for their line of work. Furthermore, it can be concluded that the vagueness of “public interest” seems to be its strength from the publisher’s point of view and that it would be difficult to use the term as a publishing instrument without it.},
  author       = {Rudolfsson, Sebastian and Lindberg, Niklas},
  keyword      = {journalism,public interest,habitus,media ethics,publishers,media climate},
  language     = {swe},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Det journalistiska trumfkortet : en kvalitativ intervjustudie om publicisters förhållande till begreppet allmänintresse},
  year         = {2017},
}