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Emotion, intimacy and journalism

Wahl-Jorgensen, Karin 2020. Emotion, intimacy and journalism. In: Örnebring, Henrik ed. Encyclopedia of Journalism Studies, Oxford University Press,

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Abstract

This entry explores scholarly research on emotion and intimacy in journalism. This growing body of work has shown that despite the historical allegiance to the ideal of objectivity, journalistic texts are - and always have been - profoundly infused with emotion. Emotion and intimacy serve crucial roles in the public discourse of journalism. They are used deliberately and strategically by journalists because they facilitate audience engagement and understanding. Audiences appear to connect with concrete stories of lived experience which dramatize the large and often abstract events of which news are made. Such connection can facilitate the cultivation of compassion - or feeling with others - and thereby cultivate cosmopolitan sensibilities. The growing attention to emotion and intimacy in journalism has occurred within the context of a rapidly changing media ecology. Technological changes associated with the digital era, including the rise of user-generated content and the emergence of social media, have ushered in a greater role for “ordinary people” in news production and participation, and brought about the privileging of more emotional and embodied forms of storytelling. At the same time, these transformations, alongside broader existential threats to journalism, have rendered attention to the emotional impact of journalistic labor particularly urgent.

Item Type: Book Section
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Journalism, Media and Culture
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780190694166
Last Modified: 04 Mar 2021 16:15
URI: http://orca-mwe.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/138987

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