“New News” in a Global Age: Evolution of Journalistic Conventions & Routines
Dr. Donnalyn Pompper.
This essay examines a recent global journalism trend – the “softening” of news; replacement of “old news” in favor of “entertainment news” that is commonly referred to as “new news.” I argue that global economic conditions, earmarked by unprecedented competition for market share and media giant mergers, have altered traditional news values and journalistic conventions.
According to one media critic, however, audiences stopped seeing the distinction between news and entertainment long ago. “New news” is defined as “part Hollywood film and TV movie, part pop music and pop art, mixed with popular culture and celebrity magazines, tabloid telecasts, cable and home video” – where younger audiences consider fashion, entertainment, music and technology to be news. Assignment editors make newsworthiness decisions based on a “famous face” criterion, in effect reducing news production costs because “it is easier to anticipate who will be involved than what is going to happen.”
Both causes and effects of evolving journalistic conventions and routines are examined.
Dr. Donnalyn Pompper (United States)
Department of Communication
Florida State University
Donnalyn Pompper is an associate professor in the Department of Communication at Florida State University. Prior to earning a Ph.D. in Mass Media and Communication at Temple University, she worked in print journalism covering environmental issues in the Philadelphia-New Jersey area, as well as in corporate and agency marketing communications. Her research agenda involves journalism production, collective memory, social risk, gender-ethnicity issues, and computer-assisted textual analysis. She co-edited Representing Resistance: Media, Civil Disobedience, and the Global Justice Movement, and her research has appeared in Communication and Terrorism: Public and Media Responses to 9/11, The West Wing: The American Presidency as Television Drama, Enviropop: Studies in Environmental Rhetoric and Popular Culture, Environmental Communication Yearbook, Journal of Public Relations Research, Public Relations Review, Media History Digest, and Journalism and Mass Communication Quarterly.
(30 min. Conference Paper, English)