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Editorial policies and news discourse – how Al Jazeera’s implicit guidelines shape its coverage of middle east conflicts
Jönköping University, School of Education and Communication, HLK, Media and Communication Studies. Qatar University, Qatar.
2019 (English)In: Journalism - Theory, Practice & Criticism, ISSN 1464-8849, E-ISSN 1741-3001Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

The article examines Al Jazeera’s internal guidelines. It focuses attention on the broadcaster’s editorial policies and practices, how they are created, the way they shape news content, and whether they are documented or not. It attempts to shed light on the role of external stakeholders and regulatory devices with a say on the editorial line and subsequently the type of internal editorial policies and practices journalists are required to pursue. It presents a comparative study and analysis of the network’s two major and most influential channels, namely Al Jazeera Arabic and Al Jazeera English, the arguments in support of their editorial policies and practices, and the arguments opposing them. It scrutinizes how different forms of internal guidelines and regulatory frameworks affect the network’s discourse, ties with its financiers, and relations with the outside world. Finally and based on the findings obtained through interviews, and linguistic discourse analysis, the article outlines how internal guidelines come into being in the case of Al Jazeera and how they eventually influence the final product. 

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Sage Publications, 2019.
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Al Jazeera Arabic, Al Jazeera English, Arab Spring, internal guidelines, news discourse, Yemen and Syria wars
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Media Studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-43611DOI: 10.1177/1464884919841797Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85064673596OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hj-43611DiVA, id: diva2:1314568
Available from: 2019-05-09 Created: 2019-05-09 Last updated: 2019-05-09

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