Journalists' Professional Identity: A Resource to Cope with Uncertainty?

Item Type Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Abstract The Internet, Social Media in particular, brought far-reaching change to journalism, asking journalists' traditional role concepts into question. In this paper, we introduce Social Identity Theory as an alternative perspective to research journalistic role change, and propose a qualitative approach to study journalists' professional identity and relate it to their interpretation of change in the newsroom. We interviewed 26 journalists of a daily newspaper and investigated their professional self-concept. We identified a group of elitist journalists who act on traditional role scripts and feel threatened by online journalism and related principles. They see status and quality journalism endangered. A second group of service-and user-oriented journalists strives for the improvement of online journalism but lacks shared values and adapted role scripts. The paper shows the reciprocal interaction between journalists' activities and professional role concepts and affirms the question, if professional identity can serve as a resource to cope with uncertainty.
Authors Grubenmann, Stephanie
Language English
Keywords Journalism; Digital Journalism; Professional Identity; Profession; Convergence;
Subjects social sciences
HSG Classification contribution to scientific community
Refereed Yes
Date 24 May 2015
Publisher International Communication Association (ICA)
Place of Publication Washington
Title of Book Proceedings of the 65th Annual Conference of the International Communication Association (ICA), 21-25 May 2015, San Juan, Puerto Rico
Event Title 65th Annual Conference of the International Communication Association (ICA) 2015
Event Location San Juan, Puerto Rico
Event Dates 21.-25.05.2015
Depositing User Dr. Stephanie Grubenmann
Date Deposited 08 Jun 2015 10:45
Last Modified 20 Jul 2022 17:24
URI: https://www.alexandria.unisg.ch/publications/241486

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Grubenmann, Stephanie: Journalists' Professional Identity: A Resource to Cope with Uncertainty? 2015. - 65th Annual Conference of the International Communication Association (ICA) 2015. - San Juan, Puerto Rico.

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