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A computer-assisted linguistic ethnography of business news writing

Kwalon Conference on CAQDAS, Utrecht, 22-23 April 2010

Tom Van Hout

on 26 May 2010

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Transcript of A computer-assisted linguistic ethnography of business news writing

A computer-assisted
linguistic ethnography of
business news writing
Quantifying "textual precedents" Linguistic ethnography holds that: the contexts for communication should be investigated rather than assumed
analysis of the internal organisation of semiotic data is essential Nick Davies - Flat Earth News "This is churnalism … This is journalists who are no longer out gathering news but who are reduced instead to passive processors of whatever material comes their way, churning out stories whether real event or PR artifice, important or trivial, true of false." journalists have become news processors instead of generators
market demands force smaller workforces to produce more
journalists have become less weary of PR copy
editorial independence in UK newsrooms has decreased signal strengths of software-enhanced mixed methods approach:

makes (inter)institutional micro-trajectories of news discourse researchable
approximates a higher degree of ecological validity
achieves analytic distance from the conceptual reality of agents in the field Journalism as social practice "Follow a thread" 70% of UK journalism relies "wholly or partially" on PR and newswire stories unfolding of news discourse through time and space
analysis of concrete situations
combination of different data sets
dialogue between theory, observation and interpretation
a concern with discourse representation Qualitative, empirical research tends to expose the
contradictory, tangled complexity of real life experience,
which often stands in stark contrast to neatly packaged
theoretical accounts of social change.

Gillies & Edwards (2005: 13) Tracking news production inception inscription conceptualization writing from sources as

constrained by the materiality of (a) the editorial platform and (b) the source texts;
consisting of observable episodes of textual mediation (i.e. literacy practices);
geared towards the concealment of the editor's interventions; Tom Van Hout
Ghent University College
tom.vanhout@hogent.be content analysis makes claims about an intertextual process
(writing from sources)
based on the comparitive analysis of opaque news products
(PR materials and agency feeds) grounded inductive approach to natural histories of news discourse

enhanced by the use of keystroke logging software

which allows for the contrastive analysis of

what journalists say they do
how they do what they say Linguistic ethnography:
ties introspection down to social action
opens linguistics up by inviting reflexive sensitivity to knowledge claims
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