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Framing the Future: A Tasmanian Case Study


Dodd, B, Framing the Future: A Tasmanian Case Study, Institute for the Study of Social Change: Friday Seminar Series, 30 September, Hobart, Tasmania (2016) [Conference Extract]

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Journalism plays a vital role in dissemination proposition and ideas for the future. Without a range of options in the public sphere society cannot make informed decisions about the future. As such, this category of reporting, which is termed 'solutions journalism' or 'future-focused journalism', is vital for democratic decision making. It is also an important source of public optimism - counteracting disaster, crime and corruption reporting that pervades news bulletins.

However, some consider future-focused journalism to be limited and distorted by powerful interests - restricting the range of options and sources of propositions. In response to this critique, and the apparent gap in the academic literature, this research seeks to shed light on some of these lingering doubts. Focusing on a 2014 sample of Tasmanian solutions journalism, this seminar will examine whose voices were most prominent and how this reporting framed. This research pursues an innovated framing methodology, combining a cognitive linguistic approach, centred on metaphoric and idiomatic language, with an analysis of symbolic capital, and discovers links between metaphorical reasoning and a class-based evaluation of leadership in proposing and discussing Tasmania's future.

Item Details

Item Type:Conference Extract
Keywords:frame analysis, solutions journalism
Research Division:Language, Communication and Culture
Research Group:Communication and media studies
Research Field:Journalism studies
Objective Division:Culture and Society
Objective Group:Communication
Objective Field:The media
UTAS Author:Dodd, B (Mr Bill Dodd)
ID Code:132267
Year Published:2016
Deposited By:Office of the School of Creative Arts and Media
Deposited On:2019-05-01
Last Modified:2019-05-01

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