International journalism and the emergence of transnational publics: Between cosmopolitan norms, the affirmation of identity, and market forces
Much has been written about transnational public spheres, though our understanding of their shape and nature remains limited. Drawing on three alternative conceptions of newswork as public communication, this paper explores the role of international journalists in shaping transnational publics. Based on a series of original interviews, it asks how journalists are oriented in their newswork (e.g. are they cosmopolitan or parochial in their orientation), and how they ‘imagine’ the public. It finds that interviewees imagine a polycentric transnational public, and variously frame their work as giving voice to those affected by an issue (imagining the public as a cosmopolitan community of fate), performing and reaffirming a particular kind of identity and belonging (imagining the public as a nation), or pursuing audiences wherever they may be (imagining the public as the de facto audience).
Citation : Hänska, M. (2018) International journalism and the emergence of transnational publics: Between cosmopolitan norms, the affirmation of identity, and market forces, Global Media and Communication,
ISSN : 1742-7665
Research Group : Media Discourse Group
Research Institute : Media Discourse Centre (MDC)
Peer Reviewed : Yes
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