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Reconstructing the Informal and Invisible: Interactions Between Journalists and Political Sources in Two Countries
Södertörn University, School of Social Sciences, Journalism.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-5439-0839
2023 (English)In: Journalism Practice, ISSN 1751-2786, E-ISSN 1751-2794, Vol. 17, no 4, p. 683-703Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

A significant part of the interaction between journalists and their sources in political journalism is informal or not mentioned in the media content. Visibility/invisibility and formality/informality are tactical choices applied by journalists and sources. They influence agenda building in the short term and shared interpretations that dominate the public sphere in the long term.However, the extent to which informal and/or invisible sources participate, what their role is, and why have not been consistently measured. This paper offers a matrix model to map and compare the usage of formal/informal and visible/invisible interactions between journalists and their sources. The data consists of 475 journalist-source interactions in Lithuania and Sweden reconstructed by 33 political journalists.The results demonstrate how different interactions presuppose different source roles in the news process. Formal invisible sources act as gatekeepers, and informal invisible sources act as agenda setters.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Taylor & Francis, 2023. Vol. 17, no 4, p. 683-703
Keywords [en]
Agenda building, informal interaction, journalist-source relationships, news sources, political journalism, reconstruction interviews, unattributed sources
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Media and Communications
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Baltic and East European studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-45475DOI: 10.1080/17512786.2021.1930571ISI: 000654766700001Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85106470056OAI: oai:DiVA.org:sh-45475DiVA, id: diva2:1558486
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Symbiotic leader-media relations? Exploring interaction between prime ministers and the media in Finland, Lithuania, Poland and Sweden, The Foundation for Baltic and East European Studies
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The Foundation for Baltic and East European Studies, 19/2013Available from: 2021-05-31 Created: 2021-05-31 Last updated: 2023-06-13Bibliographically approved

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