Towards a narratology of court reporting

Johnston, Jane and Breit, Rhonda (2010) Towards a narratology of court reporting. Media International Australia, 137 137: 47-57.

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Author Johnston, Jane
Breit, Rhonda
Title Towards a narratology of court reporting
Journal name Media International Australia   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1329-878X
Publication date 2010-11
Sub-type Article (original research)
Volume 137
Issue 137
Start page 47
End page 57
Total pages 11
Place of publication St Lucia, Qld., Australia
Publisher School of English, Media Studies and Art History in association with the Centre for Critical and Cultural Studies, University of Queensland
Collection year 2011
Language eng
Abstract This article uses the theory of narratology to connect legal discourses and processes with the way the media translate the law into news. It identifies how narratology has been used by other disciplines, notably the law, to provide a framework for better understanding, and uses a range of theories and examples to propose a narratology for court reporting. The research identifies six key elements of narrative and expands these into a three-level schema of story level, discourse analysis and the interpretative context of stories. Finally, the article foreshadows a methodology through which to develop the narratology that follows court proceedings through various stages: from the metanarratives within court to the final production of courts as news. It suggests that such an approach may assist the media to gain greater insights into their involvement within the court system while also providing a deeper understanding between the courts and the media.
Q-Index Code C1
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Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Extended journal title 'Media International Australia, Incorporating Culture & Policy'

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Sub-type: Article (original research)
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