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Australian journalism and war: Professional discourse and the legitimation of the 2003 Iraq invasion

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dc.contributor.author Dodson, Giles
dc.date.accessioned 2011-04-04T23:28:03Z
dc.date.available 2011-04-04T23:28:03Z
dc.date.issued 2010
dc.identifier.issn 1461-670X
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10652/1507
dc.description.abstract This paper presents an original study of Australian journalistic professionalism as observed during the Iraq War, 2003. Through an analysis of both in-depth interviews conducted with Australian Iraq War journalists and news discourse produced by Australian journalists at Central Command and ‘embedded’ during the Iraq war, it is argued that professionalism provides the framework of intelligibility used by war journalists to produce accounts of war. Professionalism also serves as a ‘regime of truth’, through which the centrality of professional norms in journalism are articulated. The paper then demonstrates that professionalism, however, serves to justify and legitimate journalistic practice and meaning construction while obscuring the co-opted, functional role played by journalism within contemporary war administration and military strategy. Drawing on discourse analytic concepts, this paper argues professionalism operates as a form of ‘ideological fantasy’, which both militarises journalism and conversely journalises the military. en_NZ
dc.language.iso en en_NZ
dc.publisher Routledge en_NZ
dc.relation.uri http://www.informaworld.com/openurl?genre=article&issn=1461%2d670X&volume=11&issue=1&spage=99 en_NZ
dc.subject Australian war journalism en_NZ
dc.subject Discourse en_NZ
dc.subject Ideology; en_NZ
dc.subject Iraq war en_NZ
dc.subject Military-media relations en_NZ
dc.subject Professionalism en_NZ
dc.title Australian journalism and war: Professional discourse and the legitimation of the 2003 Iraq invasion en_NZ
dc.type Journal Article en_NZ
dc.rights.holder Taylor & Francis en_NZ
dc.identifier.doi 10.1080/14616700903119768 en_NZ
dc.subject.marsden 200104 Media Studies en_NZ
dc.identifier.bibliographicCitation Dodson, G. (2010). Australian journalism and war: Professional discourse and the legitimation of the 2003 Iraq invasion. Journalism Studies, 11(1), 99-114. en_NZ
unitec.institution Unitec Institute of Technology en_NZ
unitec.publication.spage 99 en_NZ
unitec.publication.lpage 114 en_NZ
unitec.publication.volume 11 en_NZ
unitec.publication.title Journalism Studies en_NZ
unitec.peerreviewed yes en_NZ
unitec.identifier.roms 53054


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