Groundhog Day: extended repetitions in political news interviews

Ekstrom, Mats and Fitzgerald, Richard (2014) Groundhog Day: extended repetitions in political news interviews. Journalism Studies, 15 1: 82-97. doi:10.1080/1461670X.2013.776812

Author Ekstrom, Mats
Fitzgerald, Richard
Title Groundhog Day: extended repetitions in political news interviews
Journal name Journalism Studies   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1461-670X
Publication date 2014
Year available 2013
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/1461670X.2013.776812
Open Access Status
Volume 15
Issue 1
Start page 82
End page 97
Total pages 16
Place of publication Abingdon, Oxon, United Kingdom
Publisher Routledge
Collection year 2014
Language eng
Abstract In this paper we focus on the use of extended repetitions in political news interviews. Drawing on conversation analysis and discourse analysis we examine a corpus of examples where particular forms of repeated questions and/or answers appear within two main practices of political interviewing. We refer to these as the spectacular live interview and the non-live interview. Our analysis shows that the design of repetitions, which we describe as either "stripped" or "embedded", differs significantly in these practices as they are oriented to differing political/media communication work. We argue that the use of repeated repetition highlights a locally organized powerful form of control of the interactional event with implications for the professional status of the parties involved.
Keyword Evasion
Interactional power
Mediatized politics
News interviews
Staying on message
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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