Article published in:Contrastive Media Analysis: Approaches to linguistic and cultural aspects of mass media communication
Edited by Stefan Hauser and Martin Luginbühl
[Pragmatics & Beyond New Series 226] 2012
► pp. 201–218
What defines news culture?
Insights from multifactorial parallel text analysis
Studies on the adaptation of mass media texts for different spatial areas have so far mostly been focusing on linguistic and national spaces. This article revisits the language-space-relationship by taking an in-depth look at TV news stories and the question if their corresponding styles can be detected on a regional, local, translocal or even global scale. By juxtaposing TV news stories from the US and various European countries with a selection of different Swiss stories, the following analysis reveals the relevance of other factors beyond the correlative nation or language. These factors can be associated with a variety of dimensions of journalistic cultures, thus going beyond the concept of only locally diffused practices. From a methodological point of view, a ‘multifactorial parallel text analysis’ takes into account exactly these findings.
Published online: 13 November 2012