Live Text Coverage of Political Events : Combining Content and Corpus-based Discourse Analysis

Faculty/Professorship: Communication Studies  ; English and Historical Linguistics  
Author(s): Michael, Hendrik  ; Werner, Valentin  
Title of the compilation: Proceedings of the 8th Conference on CMC and Social Media Corpora for the Humanities (CMC-Corpora 2021)
Editors: Hendrickx, Iris; Verheijen, Lieke; van de Wijngaert, Lidwien
Corporate Body: Radbound University
Conference: 8th Conference on CMC and Social Media Corpora for the Humanities (CMC-Corpora 2021), Nijmegen
Publisher Information: Bamberg : Otto-Friedrich-Universität
Year of publication: 2021
Pages: 66-70
Source/Other editions: Proceedings of the 8th Conference on CMC and Social Media Corpora for the Humanities. Hendrickx, Iris; Verheijen, Lieke; van de Wijngaert, Lidwien (Hg). - Nimwegen, NIederlande : Radboud University, 2021, S. 66-70
Year of first publication: 2021
Language(s): English
DOI: 10.20378/irb-51860
Licence: Creative Commons - CC BY - Attribution 4.0 International 
URN: urn:nbn:de:bvb:473-irb-518605
Live text (LT) has emerged as a web-native CMC alternative to traditional forms of live broadcasting. Through a combined content and corpus-based discourse analysis of the LT coverage of a major political event (the 2020 US presidential debates), the present study tests (i) how current LTs emphasize transparency and accountability, and (ii) how they are a form of journalistic communication that normalizes professional norms of objectivity in hybrid media settings. Political LT emerges as multi-layered and multi-authored discourse that places strong emphasis on accountability and disclosure transparency by updating and linking information, while maintaining the journalistic gatekeeping/gatewatching function. Linguistically, it is characterized by an informal tone but also by a continuation of traditional news media practices as regards objectivity, as instantiated by the salience of debate topics and political terms and – unlike the more widely studied sports LT – by a clear delineation of information from opinion and contextualization.
GND Keywords: Politische Kommunikation; Weblog
Keywords: online news, live text, live blogging, political journalism, digital journalism, media studies, media linguistics
DDC Classification: 070 News media, journalism & publishing  
RVK Classification: AP 14150     AP 18420   
Peer Reviewed: Ja
International Distribution: Ja
Open Access Journal: Ja
Type: Conferenceobject
Release Date: 24. January 2022

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