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ELIMINATION OF IDEAS AND PROFESSIONAL SOCIALISATION

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This article investigates and interprets social and cultural production and reproduction as we turn our attention to an important part of routinised practice in the newsroom: the early newsroom meetings. These meetings are essential sites for the building of the craft ethos and professional vision. Our aim is to study how this building of expertise takes place at meetings with a particular focus on the decision-making process concerning ideas for new news stories. In order to do this, we perform linguistic analysis of news production practices, as we investigate how the journalists' ideas for potential news stories are eliminated by the editor at the daily newsroom meetings. The elimination of ideas for news stories are not just eliminations; they are also corrections of culturally undesirable behaviour producing and reproducing the proper perception of an important object of knowledge—what constitutes “a good news story”—in this community of practice.

Keywords: conversation analysis; craft ethos; decision-making; journalism practice; newsroom meetings

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/17512786.2011.642243

Publication date: August 1, 2012

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