Viewpoint, Testimony, Action: How journalists reposition source frames within news frames

Christian Baden*, Keren Tenenboim-Weinblatt

*Corresponding author for this work

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In the production of news, the frames presented by selected sources play a critical role. However, to create coherent, authoritative, and relevant news stories from the selected input, journalists need to actively transform the available material and fit it within a journalistic news frame. In our study, we investigate how Israeli, Palestinian, and foreign (US, UK, German) newspapers made use of highly salient source statements in their coverage of the kidnapping and murder of three Israeli and one Palestinian teenager in summer 2014. Performing a qualitative analysis, we identify three characteristic ways in which journalists reposition selected sources’ frames within their coverage: journalists can rely on selected source frames to present specific, subjective viewpoints; they can present multiple source frames as testimonies about newsworthy events; and they can interpret them as communicative actions in sources’ struggle for recognition in the public arena. Each strategy contributes to the construction of a different, broad class of news frames, reflecting different journalistic styles and norms. We discuss implications for the study of news frames and the different roles of political sources within the news.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)143-161
Number of pages19
JournalJournalism Studies
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2 Jan 2018

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  • conflict news
  • journalistic transformation
  • news frames
  • source frames


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