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How did you find that out? Transparency of the newsgathering process and the meaning of news: a case study of New Zealand journalism

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Rupar, V (2006) How did you find that out? Transparency of the newsgathering process and the meaning of news: a case study of New Zealand journalism. Journalism Studies, 7 (1). pp. 127-143.

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Abstract

This paper investigates the transparency of journalists' methods of newsgathering in New Zealand. By examining media coverage of genetic engineering, the study reveals that reports lack explicit markers of place, time and means by which the information has been obtained; the paper explains how this ambiguity leads to disappearance of context and it demonstrates that there is a link between the use of sources and the precision of news. It also discusses how the disappearance of newsgathering transparency alters knowledge about a subject, and indicates that the process might be related to a specific, Anglo-American understanding of objectivity that resists the practice of 'interpretative' reporting.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Genetic Engineering, Journalism, Newsgathering, Transparency, Objectivity
Journal or Publication Title: Journalism Studies
Page Range: pp. 127-143
Identification Number - DOI: 10.1080/14616700500450426
Additional Information: The definitive version is available online at: http://www.tandf.co.uk/journals/routledge/1461670X.html
Date Deposited: 04 May 2007
Last Modified: 18 Nov 2014 03:15
URI: http://eprints.utas.edu.au/id/eprint/982
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