Peripheral news workers expelled to the periphery: the case of camera reporters

Waschkova Cisarova, Lenka and Metykova, Monika (2020) Peripheral news workers expelled to the periphery: the case of camera reporters. Journalism. ISSN 1464-8849

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The professionals behind television cameras are peripheral contributors to journalism who are often overlooked in journalistic research in contrast with co-workers who occupy clearly demarcated journalistic roles. In this article we use the term camera reporters rather than the more frequently used terms such as cameramen or camera operators as we argue that these professionals are part of the journalistic field and their job titles in themselves question their belonging to this field. The aim of our article is to focus on the role of camera reporters as peripheral actors in the news production process – in this respect we address their journalistic culture, identity, autonomy, and practice – and to understand their role not only in the context of boundary work within journalism but perhaps even more importantly in relation to changes brought about by the move of a television studio from the city centre to a residential suburb. The relocation provides a rare opportunity to study camera reporters in their work places and spaces at a time of disruption and adjustment. Our case study is based in a Czech television studio where we have conducted interviews with camera reporters and news reporters. Our findings are in line with other research on peripheral news workers and illustrate complex issues in the professional standing of camera reporters.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: camera reporters, peripheral news workers, television studio, boundary making, Czech Republic
Schools and Departments: School of Media, Film and Music > Media and Film
Subjects: T Technology > TK Electrical engineering. Electronics Nuclear engineering > TK5101 Telecommunication
Depositing User: Monika Metykova
Date Deposited: 24 Jan 2020 08:26
Last Modified: 30 Jan 2020 13:45

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