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Title: IS LANGUAGE A NEWS VALUE IN BELGIUM?: A case study of the use of Dutch-language quotes in the French-language TV news
Authors: Jacobs, Geert
TOBBACK, Els
Issue Date: 2013
Publisher: ROUTLEDGE JOURNALS, TAYLOR & FRANCIS LTD
Citation: JOURNALISM STUDIES, 14 (3), p. 407-422
Abstract: In today's globalized and multilingual mediascape the practicalities of inter-language translation have become increasingly relevant in the newsroom and the question has been raised how multilingualism affects journalistic practice. This question seems particularly relevant in Belgium, where the political tension between Dutch-speaking and French-speaking communities has recently dominated the news agenda. In this paper we report on team fieldwork conducted in the TV newsroom of Belgium's French-language public broadcasting corporation RTBF in the spring of 2009. In particular, we will present a case study in which a journalist struggles with the integration of a number of Dutch-language quotes in a news report on the demise of the fashion industry. Our behind-the-scenes analysis, from the storyboard meeting until broadcasting, leads us to question whether the language in which source materials are available can be considered a news value in Belgium. In line with recent calls in media linguistics, our approach is a linguistic ethnographic one, demonstrating the added value of a fine-grained analysis of the discursive processes at the heart of newsmaking routines, one that allows us to revisit news values as decision-making parameters not just in gatekeeping but throughout the news production process.
Notes: Jacobs, G (reprint author), Univ Ghent, Dept Linguist, NewsTalk & Text Res Grp, B-9000 Ghent, Belgium. Hasselt Univ, Ctr Appl Linguist, B-3590 Diepenbeek, Belgium. geert.jacobs@ugent.be; els.tobback@uhasselt.be
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1942/15333
DOI: 10.1080/1461670X.2012.699345
ISI #: 000318734200008
ISSN: 1461-670X
Category: A1
Type: Journal Contribution
Validation: ecoom, 2014
Appears in Collections: Research publications

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