Comparing journalistic roleperformance across thematic Beats: A 37-country study

Claudia Mellado, Mireya Márquez Ramírez, Sarah Van Leuven, Daniel Jackson, Cornelia Mothes, Carlos Arcila-Calderón, Jérome Berthaut, Nicole Blanchett, Sandrine Boudana, Katherine Y.N. Chen, Sergey Davydov, Mariana De Maio, Nagwa Fahmy, Martina Ferrero, Miguel Garcés, Lutz Hagen, Daniel C. Hallin, María Luisa Humanes, Marju Himma-Kadakas, Guido Keel, Claudia Kozman, Aleksandra Krstić, Sophie Lecheler, Misook MisookLee, Christi I-Hsuan Lin, Marco Mazzoni, Kieran McGuinness, Karen Mcintyre, Mick Jacques, Christina Navarro, Dasniel Olivera, Marcela Pizarro, Henry Silke, Terje Skjerdal, Agnieszka Stępińska, Gabriella Szabó, Diana Viveros Aguilar

Studies suggest that, at the routine level, news beats function as unique “micro-cultures.” Exploring this “particularist” approach in news content, we compare how the interventionist, watchdog, loyal, service, infotainment, and civic roles materialize across 11 thematic news beats and analyze the moderating effect of platforms, ownership, and levels of political freedom on journalistic role performance in hard and soft news. Based on the second wave of the Journalistic Role Performance (JRP) project, this article reports the findings of a content analysis of 148,474 news items from 37 countries. Our results reveal the transversality of interventionism, the strong associations of some topics and roles, and the limited reach of news beat particularism in the face of moderating variables.

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Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso, Universidad Iberoamericana Ciudad de México, Ghent University , Universidad Rey Juan Carlos, Zürcher Hochschule für Angewandte Wissenschaften (ZHAW), NLA University College, Adam Mickiewicz University, Bournemouth University, Macromedia University of Applied Sciences, Universidad de Salamanca, Université de Bourgogne, Toronto Metropolitan University, Tel Aviv University, National Chengchi University, National Research University Higher School of Economics, Lehigh University, Zayed University, Universidad Católica de Salta, Universidad Tecnológica de Bolívar, Technische Universität Dresden, University of California, San Diego, University of Tartu, Northwestern University in Katar, University of Belgrade, Otsuma Women’s University, Rikkyo University, Università degli Studi di Perugia, University of Canberra, Virginia Commonwealth University, Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina, Gulf University for Science and Technology, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, University of Limerick, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Universidad Técnica de Machala
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Austrian Fields of Science 2012
508007 Communication science
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