Contemporary news management: managerial functions in journalism©

Coatney, Caryn ORCID: (2016) Contemporary news management: managerial functions in journalism©. In: 5th Annual International Conference on Journalism & Mass Communications (JMComm 2016), 10-11 Oct 2016, Singapore.

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In the relatively new frontier of journalism research, many early studies overlooked the significant role of the journalist as a manager of expanding news arenas. Journalism training often neglected to correct the traditional conception of news management that upheld the journalist as a passive figure, easily manipulated by government authorities. As Picard opines, 'curricula have been designed to produce news factory workers who can be dropped into a slot at a journalism factory' [1]. Yet Swanson notes the growing research on computer-mediated communication has been beneficial to the study of a higher form of professional journalism [2]. This article further examines contemporary conceptions of news management involving the journalist as a manager of sources of power within expanded computer networks. The paper conducts a unique case study into online journalists’ news interactions with the first African-American President, Barack Obama, and the first Australian female Prime Minister, Julia Gillard, during their media alliance on fighting terrorism from 2010-2013. Journalists were able to manage informed, active news discussions by emphasizing egalitarian images, inclusive language, and compassion. An effective news environment was characterized by online discussions about issues, rather than personalities, and by journalists’ responsibility for news contributions relating to broader goals in human development.©

[1] R. G. Picard, “Deficient tutelage: Challenges of contemporary journalism education,” in Toward 2020: New Directions in Journalism Education, G. Allen, S. Craft, C. Waddell, and M. L. Young, Eds. Toronto: Ryerson Journalism Research Centre 2015, p. 8.
[2] G. Swanson, Social Media – Its Impact on Journalism, Communication, and Society in the 21st Century. Naka-ward, Aichi: The International Academic Forum, 2015.

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Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Arts and Communication (1 Jul 2013 - 28 Feb 2019)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Arts and Communication (1 Jul 2013 - 28 Feb 2019)
Date Deposited: 23 May 2017 01:20
Last Modified: 06 Dec 2021 05:07
Uncontrolled Keywords: journalism; news management; computer-mediated communication; social media; management; Barack Obama; Julia Gillard; United States-Australian alliance
Fields of Research (2008): 19 Studies in Creative Arts and Writing > 1903 Journalism and Professional Writing > 190301 Journalism Studies
Fields of Research (2020): 47 LANGUAGE, COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE > 4701 Communication and media studies > 470105 Journalism studies
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970120 Expanding Knowledge in Language, Communication and Culture
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