Multimodal expression of authorial affect in a British television news programme

Pounds, Gabrina (2012) Multimodal expression of authorial affect in a British television news programme. Discourse, Context and Media, 1 (2-3). pp. 68-81. ISSN 2211-6958

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Abstract

Quality journalism is expected to adhere to norms of objectivity and neutrality whereby the authorial reporting voice avoids expressing any emotive reaction to the events reported. Research (Martin and White, 2005; Bednarek, 2008 and Pounds, 2010) has shown that authorial affect is virtually absent in quality British print-media news reporting. In the case of television news reporting, however, the nature and distribution of authorial affect have not yet been investigated in any detail. This paper shows how the appraisal framework (Martin and White, 2005) and Montgomery's classification of authorial voices in television news reporting (2007) may be used as a basis for such an investigation. The analysis is applied to an episode of the British news programme BBC News at Ten. The findings show that, as might be expected, some authorial affect is, to some extent, always conveyed through the audio-visual and dialogic dimensions. It is further shown, however, how affective expression still appears to be subject to some constraints in relation to the nature of the authorial voices represented in the programme, even though the distinction is often blurred. © 2012 Elsevier Ltd.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Special issue: The view from here, there and nowhere: discursive approaches to journalistic stance
Uncontrolled Keywords: tv news reporting,affect,emotion,authorial voice,news values
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Arts and Humanities > School of Politics, Philosophy, Language and Communication Studies
University of East Anglia > Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Research Groups > Language and Communication Studies
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Depositing User: Katherine Humphries
Date Deposited: 11 Dec 2012 12:50
Last Modified: 21 Apr 2020 16:26
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/40521
DOI: 10.1016/j.dcm.2012.03.001

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