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Calidad Revistas Científicas Españolas
VOL.
12(2)/
1999
Author / Paolo MANCINI Profesor de Sociología de la Comunicación en la Facultad de Ciencias Políticas y de Sociología de la Universidad de Perugia (Italia)
Article / The Paradox of the Italian Journalists: Disseminators in Their Self-perception, but Advocates in Fact. Methodological and Interpretative Problems

Abstract /

This paper examines the perception that the Italian journalists have about their profession. Built on a series of interviews, the study points out a contradiction between the statements of the journalists and what comes out from the analysis of their work. They perceive themselves as news disseminators, but the author’s interpretation of their tasks suggests that Italian journalists are advocacy-oriented. This attitude seems to be consistent with the tradition of journalism in the country and shows that the anglo-saxon radical democratic model is not valid for the profession in Italy.

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