Arab Spring research out at Journalism: Theory, Practice, and Criticism

I just published a new essay using the Arab Spring as a case study to explore journalism’s knowledge-production function, especially as it correlates to the discipline’s role in American liberal democracy. It goes almost without saying that journalists and news organizations produce the public knowledge that circulates around an event, but this essay goes on to investigate precisely how that knowledge gets made. I look at the development of news reports about the Arab Spring over time and, using reflexive texts and essays from major journalists and industry publications, show how journalism operates as a knowledge-production process. This work is very much informed by Latour, but more his interest in broader public and political discourses and less Actor-Network Theory. The big picture here, then, is to start thinking of journalism less as a series of organizational activities that produce the news as a stable object, but to instead think about how those activities affect the broader cultural, social, and political institutions that interface with and rely upon the news as a part of their broader function.

Anyhow here is the cite and a link to the article for those interested:

“Disciplines of truth: The ‘Arab Spring,’ American journalistic practice, and the production of public knowledge,” Journalism: Theory, practice, and criticism, doi: 10.1177/14648849145509711

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