Powers in the Land?

Duff, Alistair (2008) Powers in the Land? Journalism Practice, 2 (2). pp. 230-244. ISSN 1751-2786

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The expansion of opinion is one of the key developments in the British press, as elsewhere. The article analyses the role of one of the most important types of commentator, newspaper political columnists, examining their credentials, sources, information society prospects, and putative impact. Using data from interviews with some of Britain’s leading journalists, the study is able to corroborate findings from a wide-ranging literature review. In addition, it formulates some preliminary hypotheses: that the effectiveness of a so-called pundit is a function of his or her willingness to remain focused upon a theme; that there is a positive correlation between a columnist’s political impact and the factual or informational content of the columns; and that a columnist is most powerful when complying with a broader newspaper campaign.

Item Type: Article
Print ISSN: 1751-2786
Electronic ISSN: 1751-2794
Uncontrolled Keywords: Political columnists; Punditry; British press; Sources; Factual information content; Power; Influence; Political process; Information society;
University Divisions/Research Centres: Faculty of Engineering, Computing and Creative Industries > School of Arts & Creative Industries
Dewey Decimal Subjects: 000 Computer science, information & general works > 070 News media, journalism & publishing
300 Social sciences > 320 Political science
800 Literature > 820 English & Old English literatures
Library of Congress Subjects: Z Bibliography. Library Science. Information Resources > Z665 Library Science. Information Science
J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
Item ID: 2384
Depositing User: Users 2 not found.
Date Deposited: 30 Apr 2008 08:33
Last Modified: 11 Feb 2013 11:19

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