How the law defines journalism

Breit, Rhonda (2008) How the law defines journalism. Australian Journalism Review, 30 1: 13-25.

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Author Breit, Rhonda
Title How the law defines journalism
Journal name Australian Journalism Review
ISSN 0810-2686
Publication date 2008-07
Sub-type Article (original research)
Volume 30
Issue 1
Start page 13
End page 25
Total pages 13
Editor Ian Richards
Place of publication Adelaide
Publisher University of South Australia
Collection year 2009
Language eng
Subject C1
160503 Communications and Media Policy
190301 Journalism Studies
950299 Communication not elsewhere classified
970120 Expanding Knowledge in Language, Communication and Culture
970118 Expanding Knowledge in Law and Legal Studies
400101 Journalism
Abstract Studies proffering critiques ojjournalism and developing theories that seek to explain what it is have been dominated by research into journalists 'attitudes, social structures and cultural influences and effects. Thus these studies are essentially linear and intra-professional. This paper calls for a broader examination ofunderstandings ofjournalism based on Abbott sconcept ofoccupationaljurisdiction. Abbott (1988, J993, p. 204) argues that professions cannot be studied individually, but should be examined in the context of an interacting system ofprofeSSionals; that a theory ofprofessions must take account of culture and social structure as well as intra-, inter- and trans- professional forces; and that the development ofprofessions is necessarily a matter ofcomplex junctures. To meet this aim, this paper uses a comparative case study involving textual analysis of the High Court ofAustralia s decision in ABC v 0 'Neill (2006) and the ABC editorial policies (2007). Judgements from the High Court of Australia in Australian Broadcasting Corporation v 0 'Neill (2006) are compared and contrasted with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation s2007 editorial policies to identify and categorise how journalism is viewed within the occupational jurisdictions oflaw andjournalism. Using an "interpretative community" framework articulated by Zelizer (2004), the paper categorises the understandings ofjournalism revealed in these documents. It then distils the key valorising agents in the various approaches to understanding/ describingjournalism. This study is strictly limited to develop a conceptual framework by which to compare and contrast intra- and inter-professional understandings ofjournalism andpublic interest
Keyword Law
Q-Index Code C1
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