Cookies?
Library Header Image
LSE Research Online LSE Library Services

Abnegation, accommodation and affirmation: three discursive modes for the institutional construction of independence among national news agency executives in Europe

Rantanen, Terhi ORCID: 0000-0002-5345-6699 and Kelly, Anthony (2020) Abnegation, accommodation and affirmation: three discursive modes for the institutional construction of independence among national news agency executives in Europe. Journalism. ISSN 1464-8849

[img] Text (Abnegation, accomodation, affirmation) - Accepted Version
Repository staff only until 21 January 2021.

Download (421kB) | Request a copy

Identification Number: 10.1177/1464884919880060

Abstract

The relationship between the ownership form of news agencies and their independence has long figured centrally in debates about the quality of news agency operations. Drawing on a discursive institutional framework, this article explores how national news agency executives in Europe perform a narrated role in the discursive construction of their organizations’ internal and external independence. We set out the concept of independence discourse, which we define as the variety of ways in which news agency executives use claims about the economic independence and the internal and external autonomy of their organizational operations. Based on a discourse analysis of elite semi-structured interviews with 20 European news agency executives, we identify three discursive modes for the institutional construction of independence: (1) abnegation, (2) accommodation and (3) affirmation. These discursive modes represent a set of public and private approaches to discursively negotiating the power of both state/government and shareholders/owners. We conclude by arguing for an expanded concept of independence, one which offers an account of the complex array of forces shaping news agency operations today.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: https://journals.sagepub.com/home/jou
Additional Information: © 2019 The Authors
Divisions: Media and Communications
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN1990 Broadcasting
Date Deposited: 01 Oct 2019 12:48
Last Modified: 20 Jul 2020 08:57
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/101792

Actions (login required)

View Item View Item

Downloads

Downloads per month over past year

View more statistics