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Journalistik eller information?: frilansjournalisters etiska gränsdragningar
2009 (Swedish)Conference paper, Presentation (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Freelance journalists constitute a flexible workforce for contemporary media companies. This paper analyzes ten working life interviews with freelance journalists from Norrbotten, the northernmost county of Sweden. It focuses on the informant's ethical considerations concerning information work. Previous research mainly focuses on other forms of ethical considerations. My results show that there is a tendency among the freelancers to take on non-journalism assignments, with nine out of ten informants telling about experiences of information work. The discussions about information work are analyzed using discourse theory and narrative theory. The ethics expressed by the freelancers are individual ethics, rather than professional principles. Informant's main concern are their own credibility and integrity, and boundaries are set up to maintain these. Boundaries however seem to be under negotiation, and personal survival for their business in some cases override ethical considerations. According to my own analysis, the purpose of these boundary settings is to mantain the journalist's biographical narrative and self-identity as a stand-up person, who is critical to those in power and has principles and integrity. These are characteristics commonly associated with journalist professional identity.

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Keyword [en]
Other social sciences - Media and communication studies
Keyword [sv]
Övrig samhällsvetenskap - Medie- och kommunikationsvetenskap
Research subject
Media and Communication Science.
URN: urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-26911Local ID: 02c9a760-b19f-11de-8293-000ea68e967bOAI: diva2:1000091
Nordisk medieforskningskonferens : 13/08/2009 - 15/08/2009
Godkänd; 2009; Bibliografisk uppgift: Sider: 1-29; 20091005 (marlad)Available from: 2016-09-30 Created: 2016-09-30Bibliographically approved

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