Producing specific knowledge about news construction: the context of Malaysia

Siti Suriani Othman and Lee, Kuok Tiung and Liana Mat Nayan (2013) Producing specific knowledge about news construction: the context of Malaysia. The International Journal of Social Science, 7 (1). pp. 102-113. ISSN 2305-4557

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This paper demonstrates how news construction studies should be conducted by cherishing the specificity of news practices even if the newspapers operate in the same country. Based on Donna Haraway’s notion of specificity and situated knowledge, we argue that in order to understand the complexity of news construction in Malaysia, the study has to recognize the ‘specificity’ and ‘situatedness’ of scientific knowledge of journalism. For that, we first discuss Western influence in journalism studies and the effort of de-Westernization (thus a more specific form of knowledge), the notion of ‘specificity’ and ‘situated knowledge’ and the findings of the study to demonstrate that even in Malaysia, news construction has been a very ‘specific’ practice among different newspapers. In-depth interviews have been conducted with Malaysian editors to understand the heterogeneity of news construction practice, thus supporting the argument on the necessity to produce specific knowledge about news construction in the context of Malaysia.

Item Type: Article
Keyword: Journalism , news , specific knowledge
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HE Transportation and Communications
Department: FACULTY > Faculty of Humanities, Arts and Heritage
Depositing User: NORAINI LABUK -
Date Deposited: 12 Mar 2018 11:13
Last Modified: 12 Mar 2018 11:13

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