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Cosmopolitan Journalists?: Journalist professional values across a local-global continuum
Karlstad University, Faculty of Economic Sciences, Communication and IT, Department of Media and Communication Studies. (Medie- och kommunikationsvetenskap)ORCID iD: 0000-0001-6689-0710
Karlstad University, Faculty of Economic Sciences, Communication and IT, Department of Media and Communication Studies. (Medie- och kommunikationsvetenskap)
2015 (English)Conference paper, Abstract (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

The notion of cosmopolitanism has gained momentum in contemporary social sciences. The term has come to describe identities, belongings and moral geographies that reach out beyond various localities to encompass “the world as a whole”. In the literature discussing how cosmopolitanism is becoming “real”, journalists are often treated as agents of cosmopolitan cultivation since they report “the world” to their publics. However, empirical studies on the relationship between media and cosmopolitanism have mainly turned to the particular cosmopolitan “invitations” of various messages of the media, and to some extent the sense that audiences are making of them. While the issues of a “global media ethics” and “cosmopolitan journalism” have been theorized from various directions there are nearly no empirical studies on the extent to which journalist professional values comprise cosmopolitan values. It is against this background we will draw upon a survey with journalists from across various positions in the Swedish journalistic field, to be conducted in the spring of 2015, to chart journalistic values across a local-global continuum. We thus ask about a.) the extent to which global, or “cosmopolitan”, professional values exists amongst Swedish journalists and b.) which factors (age, gender, education, position, type of organization) that explain such values. Findings will shed much needed empirical light on a highly topical, yet almost exclusively theoretical discussion on the (in)capacity of the media to sustain cosmopolitan imaginations. 

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Global journalism, cosmopolitanism, global media ethics, journalistic field, journalistic work, cosmopolitan journalists, doxa
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Social Sciences Media and Communications
Research subject
Media and Communication Studies
URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-37923OAI: diva2:853276
Future of Journalism : Risks, Threats and Opportunities - Cardiff University, UK, 10th-11th September 2015
Available from: 2015-09-11 Created: 2015-09-11 Last updated: 2015-12-11Bibliographically approved

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