Journal Article

A Faster Kind of Photojournalism?: A Faster Kind of Photojournalism?: Image-Selection. Processes in a Swedish Newsroom

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Author
Maria Nilsson

Abstract

This article examines factors in uencing the editorial processing of photographs, the impact of photojournalistic practices on those processes as well as perceptions of images. Perspec- tives on visual gatekeeping and the news value of photographs were applied to a newsroom and interview study with a speci c focus on photographs for the main news section of a Swedish newspaper. Findings identi ed routines, publication formats and resources as key factors, with some challenges posed by mobile publication formats and a focus on routine news. Photo editors were found to have a key function asserting expertise in a shared and interactive process. Yet changing routines and a reduced visual expertise on weekends were found to result in some lower image quality. While the ‘observed moment’ appeared to remain a photojournalistic ideal among visual gatekeepers, there were divergent perceptions found of the current and future functions of the news photograph. Key words: news value, newspapers, photo editors, visual gatekeeping, Svenska Dagbladet

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Details

  • Type:
    Journal Article (peer reviewed)
  • Journal:
    Nordicom Review, Vol 38, Issue 2.
  • Pages:
    41-55
  • Published:
    2017
  • Language:
    English
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About the Author

Maria Nilsson

Senior lecturer and director of studies for journalism with an international research and teaching background and previous journalism experience. B. Sc in Social Work from Stockholm University, Ph. D. (Media and Communication Studies), M. F. A. (... Read more

Reference

Nilsson, M. (2017). A Faster Kind of Photojournalism?: A Faster Kind of Photojournalism?: Image-Selection. Processes in a Swedish Newsroom. Nordicom Review, 38(2), pp. 41-55. Available at: http://www.nordicom.gu.se/sites/default/files/kapitel-pdf/10.1515_nor-2017-0413.pdf [Accessed 19 Mar. 2019]. doi: doi:10.1515/nor-2017-0413.