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Radio leaks Presenting and contesting leaks in radio news broadcasts
Adam Jaworski1; Richard Fitzgerald2; Deborah Morris1
2004
Source PublicationJournalism
ISSN1464-8849
Volume5Issue:2Pages:183-202
Abstract

This paper analyzes the discursive construction and contestation of ‘leaked’ stories in news broadcast programmes. Drawing on a sample of BBC Radio 4 news programmes recorded between May and June 2000, we analyze four items of news presented as leaks about upcoming events. We suggest that these examples highlight the leaking of information as a valuable newsworthy commodity in that it not only allows news organizations to report what is going to be news before it happens but also enables speculative discourse as to the meaning of the event yet to happen. However, in order for a story to be accepted as a leak it must be seen to fulfil a number of criteria. With this in mind, we identify four features accompanying the introduction of the news items as leaks in the process of authentification: secrecy, authorship/ownership and future orientation. The article then discusses how these features are used when contesting the status of a news story as a leak, and how temporal play contributes to downgrading the content of the leak and, hence, its relevance, immediacy and newsworthiness.

KeywordDiscourse Temporality Leaks Radio News Broadcasts
Language英语
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Document TypeJournal article
CollectionDEPARTMENT OF COMMUNICATION
Corresponding AuthorAdam Jaworski; Richard Fitzgerald
Affiliation1.Centre for Language and Communication Research, Cardiff University
2.School of English, Media Studies and Art History, The University of Queensland
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Adam Jaworski,Richard Fitzgerald,Deborah Morris. Radio leaks Presenting and contesting leaks in radio news broadcasts[J]. Journalism,2004,5(2):183-202.
APA Adam Jaworski,Richard Fitzgerald,&Deborah Morris.(2004).Radio leaks Presenting and contesting leaks in radio news broadcasts.Journalism,5(2),183-202.
MLA Adam Jaworski,et al."Radio leaks Presenting and contesting leaks in radio news broadcasts".Journalism 5.2(2004):183-202.
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