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Från granskare till guide: om medborgarjournalistikens och deltagarkulturens påverkan på svenska journalisters professionella identitet
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Informatics and Media, Media and Communication Studies.
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Informatics and Media, Media and Communication Studies.
2012 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Title: From inspectors to guides: how citizen journalism and participatory culture

affect the professional identity of Swedish journalists (Swedish title: Från granskare

till guide: om medborgarjournalistikens och deltagarkulturens påverkan på svenska

journalisters professionella identitet).

Number of pages: 44 (48 including enclosures).

Authors: Towe Bengtsson and Matilda Källén.

Tutor: Amelie Hössjer.

Course: Media and Communication Studies C.

Period: Fall 2011.

University: Division of Media and Communication, Department of Informatics and

Media, Uppsala University.

Purpose/Aim: The goal of this paper was to answer how citizen journalism and

participatory journalism as well as an increasing range of information today have

affected the professional identity and professional lives of journalists. In addition to

this, study how journalists today respond to these changes.

Material/Method: The study is based on Deuze’s theories about journalistic ideals,

Jenkins’ theories about convergence culture, and on theories about professionalization

and de-professionalization based on Nygren, Wiik and Torstendahl’s theories. The

study is based on eight interviews with professional journalists, four employed

journalists and four freelance journalists. The results are analysed based on a broad

theoretical framework.

Main results: The results of this survey show that the role of the professional

journalist is extremely complex, with a strong ideological basis that fundamentally

influences the journalist's view of the profession and of him- or herself. The survey

shows that the journalist role is changing and how important the identification as a

journalist still is. Furthermore, the survey shows that the role is being redefined. The

role consists of two levels, an ideological level and a more practical level. The survey

shows how these two levels are in harmony, but also on a collision course, and how

journalists seek to clarify their ideology to distinguish themselves from others, but

also how they actually adapt the ideals on a more practical level.

In summary, despite a de-professionalization of the profession, the journalists keep

the journalistic ideals very high, although they constantly redefine their role, as well

as the ideals. They see their role as an aid to guide the readers, rather than a traditional

journalist, although they still cling to a traditional perception of the ideal journalist.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2012. , 44 p.
Keyword [sv]
professionell identitet, journalistik, deltagande journalistik, medborgarjournalistik, deltagarkultur
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Communication Studies Media Studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-167230OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-167230DiVA: diva2:482320
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Media and Communication Studies
Uppsok
Social and Behavioural Science, Law
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