Publication details

"All by Myself?” : Journalists’ Routines and Decision-making in Gathering and Publishing Death-related Visuals

Authors

IVASK Signe LAAK Brit KUULPAK Kadri

Year of publication 2021
Type Article in Periodical
Magazine / Source Journalism Practice
MU Faculty or unit

Faculty of Social Studies

Citation
Web https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/17512786.2021.1946661
Doi http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/17512786.2021.1946661
Keywords News sociology; routines; death; narrative photography; journalism; journalists
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Description The purpose of this study was to analyse journalists’ routines and decision-making in gathering and publishing death-related visuals. Empirical data were collected by analysing visuals published in two cases: the death of a teen, and a person who had a mental illness. We conducted eight in-depth interviews with people involved in publishing the visuals. The data showed no guidelines in the newsroom of how journalists should act when covering sensitive topics. Although producing or publishing the visuals depended on various beliefs and professional norms of people involved, the reporter as the last link in the chain had to take responsibility for the visuals. Yet, reporters usually did not get to choose how the visuals were produced. The lack of instructions and internal agreements led to relying on routines that did not consider the ethical aspects of covering sensitive topics.
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