Journal of Applied Journalism & Media Studies 6.3

Intellect is delighted to announce that the latest issue of the Journal of Applied Journalism & Media Studies is now available.

This special issue of JAJMS aims to open a critical dialogue about the concept of inclusive journalism and the practice that sheds light on voices traditionally left out in news coverage.

Articles within this issue include (partial list):

Inclusive journalism: How to shed light on voices traditionally left out in news coverage

Authors: Verica Rupar

Page Start: 417

This note introduces the concept of inclusive journalism in a bid to encourage a critical dialogue of the press’s ability to challenge hegemonic notions of inequality under the rubric of social diversity. Over the last century journalism’s authority in fast processing of information has moved from the privileged position of reporting life to the more privileged position of reporting life that matters. Its capacity to separate individual lives from the life of society has enabled it to turn persons into representative of the groups. By forming and un-forming groups and by constructing a sense of who we are in relation to others, the journalistic sector of the media participates in the larger process of inclusion and exclusion.

Translation in the newsroom: Losing voices in multilingual newsflows

Authors: Daniel Perrin, Maureen Ehrensberger-Dow and Marta Zampa

Page Start: 463

The information, events and voices that receive media attention are highly dependent on their linguistic form – when the language is accessible to journalists, the news is more likely to enter public discourse. If the voices are in languages other than that of the region the journalist is writing for, then translation strategies can influence not only the news style but also the selection and perspectivation of the information presented. In this article, the authors discuss how working between languages inside the newsroom can endanger the flow of accurate information. Among other stakeholders, we focus on journalists as key gatekeepers in global and local newsflows who need to cope with cross-linguistic communication in their processes of news production. Initial analyses show that translation matters in the newsroom, but it is far from being part of systematic professional socialization or subject to quality measures.

How diverse are Egypt’s media: A look at the post-revolution presidential elections

Authors: Rasha Abdulla

Page Start: 507

This article examines media diversity and inclusiveness of the coverage in Egypt through a content analysis of Egyptian media during the first Presidential elections following the 25 January revolution of 2011. Diversity is defined as the inclusiveness of different groups in terms of race, ethnicity, religion, nationality, age, income-based discrimination, gender and any other factors that make individuals or groups different from, but equal to, each other. The author used quantitative content analysis of four popular state and private newspapers and a critical analysis of the main television news bulletin and several talk shows. Overall, the coders analysed a total of 5308 stories that were published on the elections in the four newspapers. They also analysed the main news bulletin and three talk shows on state and private satellite channels. Analysis started a week before and ended a week after each round of the Presidential elections for a total of 32 monitoring days. The research addressed diversity both in terms of the agents featured in the media and the topics mentioned/discussed. The results indicate that, even though the journalistic standards were sometimes reasonable, coverage ignored important issues of substance and all issues related to inclusiveness and diversity as they relate to women, children, the elderly, religious minorities and ethnic minorities. The study concludes that diversity issues are still largely ignored in the Egyptian media.

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