The Cultural Journalist Around the Globe: A Comparative Study of Characteristics, Role Perceptions, and Perceived Influences

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Jan Fredrik Hovden, Nete Nørgaard Kristensen

This article presents a global-comparative study of journalists reporting about art and culture, that is, cultural journalists. In the literature, this particular group is said to be different from other types of journalists, because their professional work is guided more by an aesthetic logic than a news logic. Until now, however, this difference has mainly been studied in national contexts. Applying a global-comparative perspective by using data from The Worlds of Journalism Study, this article shows that cultural journalists around the globe do in fact differ systematically from other types of journalists in their social and professional characteristics, and also in terms of perceptions of influences on daily work and professional role perceptions. Even though media systemic contexts play a role, cultural journalists do have distinct characteristics worldwide. This is the first study to apply such a global-comparative perspective to the role perceptions of this particular group of journalists.
Original languageDanish
JournalJournalism
Pages (from-to)1-20
Number of pages20
ISSN1464-8849
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 16 Aug 2018

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