Danse Macabre: politicians, journalists, and the complicated rumba of relationships

Ross, Karen (2010) Danse Macabre: politicians, journalists, and the complicated rumba of relationships. The International Journal of Press/Politics, 15 (3). pp. 272-294. ISSN 1940-1612

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1940161210367942


This study aimed to explore the ways politicians characterize and think about the relationships they sustain with journalists, using a case study approach that focuses on the views and attitudes of New Zealand MPs towards members of the Press Gallery and, to a lesser extent, their local and regional news media. Undertaken over a twenty-four-month period, with two fieldwork phases, 62 of 121 MPs were interviewed. The broad findings suggest that MPs are relatively sanguine about their media relationships, recognizing their symbiotic nature, but clear differences emerged in terms of the complexity and friendliness of these relationships. Those differences can be accounted for primarily by way of personal style and preferences, on one hand, and party status and position, on the other: factors such as gender (either of the politician or the journalist) were not significant as determinants of difference, although women were more likely to characterize their relationships as “friendly” compared with men, who tended to use more neutral language such as “collegial.”

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: media relations, agenda setting, press gallery, New Zealand
Subjects: P300 Media studies
Department: Faculties > Arts, Design and Social Sciences > Design
Depositing User: Ay Okpokam
Date Deposited: 11 Oct 2013 08:50
Last Modified: 10 Oct 2019 22:30
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/13879

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