From noted ‘phenomenon’ to ‘missing person’: A case of the historical construction of the unter-journalist

Bromley, Michael (2010) From noted ‘phenomenon’ to ‘missing person’: A case of the historical construction of the unter-journalist. Journalism: theory, practice and criticism, 11 3: 259-275. doi:10.1177/1464884909360919

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Author Bromley, Michael
Title From noted ‘phenomenon’ to ‘missing person’: A case of the historical construction of the unter-journalist
Journal name Journalism: theory, practice and criticism   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1464-8849
Publication date 2010-06
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1177/1464884909360919
Volume 11
Issue 3
Start page 259
End page 275
Total pages 17
Place of publication London, United Kingdom
Publisher Sage Publications
Collection year 2011
Language eng
Abstract Tim Hewat was celebrated during his tenure at Granada Television as one of the most influential journalists working in Britain in the second half of the 20th century, but then largely forgotten for 30 years.This is explained as a function of the specific historicization of journalists, reflecting both academic prejudices and occupational values. The history of journalism is largely devoid of the lived experiences of the majority of its practitioners. Hewat’s case indicates that journalists disappear from history when they step outside the domains of valorized media institutions and journalism hierarchies that contribute to notions such as the Fourth Estate. Mobilizing Paul Thompson’s category of ‘underclasses’, this article argues that this reductionism has largely rendered the majority of journalists historically invisible and classified them as unter-journalists , a kind of sub-category which does not comply with a priori norms. © The Author(s) 2010.
Keyword Current affairs
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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Created: Mon, 08 Nov 2010, 15:02:12 EST by Professor Michael Bromley on behalf of School of Journalism and Communication