Decoding Journalism in the Digital Age: Self-Representation, News Quality and Collaboration in Portuguese Newsrooms

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Abstract

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This paper analyses the self-representations of Portuguese media professionals and their work practices. Utilizing data from a broader empirical study, this paper delves into the dynamics of influence among various actors within newsrooms. Based on journalists’ perceptions of the content, the methods they use to assess the quality of the news are also identified. To address these enquiries, a survey was conducted among professionals engaged in the news production process. This sample comprised 72 individuals from various sectors of newsrooms, including photographers, designers, IT professionals, social media managers, and videographers. The main results indicate that seven out of ten respondents acknowledged their reliance on colleagues in newsrooms for success. Furthermore, the data suggest that there are no significant disparities among different professionals, with personal satisfaction emerging as the primary criterion for assessing the work quality. It is notable that almost twice as many women tend to indicate the low impact of the journalist on their work compared to male respondents. Moreover, most respondents stated that there is space for hybrid professionals in newsrooms.

Type of Publication
articles-and-papers
Theme
journalism
Publishing
Journalism and Media Journal
Publishing Date
2024
Language
english
Status
open-access
DOI
10.3390/journalmedia5020034
Authors
João Canavilhas; João Canavilhas