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Débora Medeiros & Margreth Lünenborg: Journalism as an affective Institution


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With the emergence of hybrid media systems (Chadwick, 2017), questions around changes in journalism have grown in relevance and urgency, especially with regards to digital communication. Many studies have focused on how journalism faces challenges to its social function of mediating discussions among the general public through information on current events (e.g. Bennett & Livingston, 2018; Di-ckinson et al., 2013), but few take affective aspects into account. Drawing on new institutionalism and affect theory, this paper contributes to this literature by providing theoretical grounding for understanding how journalism changes with regards to the articulation and circulation of emotion in the public sphere.

The presentation was part of the Three-Country Conference on Communication Science organized by DGPuK, ÖGK, and SGKM.