Perspectives on Journalism History

TitlePerspectives on Journalism History
Publication TypeConference Paper
Author(s)Hoyer, S.
Affiliation (1st Author)Department of Media and Communication University of Oslo P.O.Box 1093 Blindern N 0317 Oslo, Norway
Section or WGHistory Section
DateFri 28 June
Slot CodeHISF1a
Slot Code (Keyword)HISF1a
Time of Session9:00-10:30
RoomHelix - The Studio
Session Title Theoretical and methodological perspectives on history of media and journalism
Submission ID5687

Abstract: In this essay I argue - first - that fruitful historical research on journalism must take into account the systems that media belongs to. These systems are of two kinds: A) the internal organization of technology, economy, journalism and the distribution/transmission of a medium, B) external systems of media markets, political systems and cultural traditions. The interdependencies of these systems suggest new avenues for research.  Secondly, journalism research must be diachronic and dynamic, and include models of change or development. To the extent that the variables of given media contents, operations, or journalistic practices are formalised, they may also be part of comparative research over time and cross-nationally. This in turn, is a challenge to the methodology of journalism studies: What are e.g. the standard criteria for equivalences between various expressions of content and forms in journalism – equivalences that can be compared over time and between media systems?

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