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Out of Bounds: Professional Norms as Boundary Markers

Singer, J. (2015). Out of Bounds: Professional Norms as Boundary Markers. In: Carlson, M. & Lewis, S.C. (Eds.), Boundaries of Journalism: Professionalism, Practices and Participation. (pp. 21-36). Oxford: Routledge.


Journalists use norms not only as identity markers of the professional news worker but also as boundary markers between professionals and non-professionals. The distinctions they draw rest on ethical practices such as verification, principles such as independence, and promises such as accountability. After outlining responses to previous “new” media, two still-evolving journalistic forms – social journalism and entrepreneurial journalism – are explored to illustrate how this boundary marking is being enacted today.

Publication Type: Book Section
Additional Information: Full acknowledgement must be given to the original source
Subjects: H Social Sciences
Departments: School of Communication & Creativity > Journalism
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