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Expanding Boundaries of Understanding? The Mental Maps of Transnational Television Journalism
Unformatted Document Text:  Grieves - Expanding Boundaries 21 This statement suggests a journalistic outlook that is greater than the sum of the two parts, and covers news beyond a mere fusion of French and German news sensibilities. Part of this outlook is an effort to familiarize German viewers with a French mental map of the world and vice versa, as another Arte Journal producer emphasized: We often expand the traditional [audience] boundaries of interest. That’s to say that ... Germans tend to be interested in what’s happening in elections in Poland, whereas in France no one is talking about that. There, on the other hand, what’s going on in the Maghreb, or people are talking about Madagascar... and for Germans, Madagascar doesn’t even exist. For the French, that’s important. So, we’re expanding each other’s boundaries. We’re expanding our Weltanschauung a bit (Intv., 28 June 2010). 9 Given these ambitions, this study investigated whether the spatial patterns Arte’s main evening newscast overlapped those of Tagesschau and 20 heures, or whether a new and distinct journalistic map emerged (RQ3). Arte Journal story items originated in France 25 times; 6 items were from Strasbourg, and 5 of those were related to EU institutions based in that city, which is also headquarters to Arte’s news operations. Germany accounted for 18 story items during the coding period (fig. 3a). This slight preference for coverage emanating from France is consistent with Feldmann’s findings (2007, 82). Arte Journal’s coverage of Europe displays notably wider dispersion than either of the national newscasts examined (see fig. 3a). Arte originated stories in 16 European nations, compared to 12 for ARD (including Germany) and 9 for France 2 (including France). Arte’s EU- related news coverage from Brussels and Strasbourg was slightly higher than that of ARD and notably higher than that of France 2. Story items emanating from sites of EU institutions were 























































 9 “On élargit souvent les périmètres d’intérêt traditionnel, c’est à dire que ... les Allemands vont s’intéresser à ce qui se passe dans les élections en Pologne, alors qu’en France personne en parlait. A l’inverse, ce qui se passe dans le Maghreb, ou on parlait de Madagascar... et pour les Allemands Madagascar ça n’existe pas. Pour les Français c’est important. Voilà. Donc on élargit les périmètres des uns des autres. On élargit un peu notre Weltanschauung.”

Authors: Grieves, Kevin.
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Grieves - Expanding Boundaries 
21 
 
This statement suggests a journalistic outlook that is greater than the sum of the two parts, and 
covers news beyond a mere fusion of French and German news sensibilities. Part of this outlook 
is an effort to familiarize German viewers with a French mental map of the world and vice versa, 
as another Arte Journal producer emphasized: 
We often expand the traditional [audience] boundaries of interest. That’s to say 
that ... Germans tend to be interested in what’s happening in elections in Poland, 
whereas in France no one is talking about that. There, on the other hand, what’s 
going on in the Maghreb, or people are talking about Madagascar... and for 
Germans, Madagascar doesn’t even exist. For the French, that’s important. So, 
we’re expanding each other’s boundaries. We’re expanding our Weltanschauung 
a bit (Intv., 28 June 2010).
9
 
 
 
Given these ambitions, this study investigated whether the spatial patterns Arte’s main 
evening newscast overlapped those of Tagesschau and 20 heures, or whether a new and distinct 
journalistic map emerged (RQ3). Arte Journal story items originated in France 25 times; 6 items 
were from Strasbourg, and 5 of those were related to EU institutions based in that city, which is 
also headquarters to Arte’s news operations. Germany accounted for 18 story items during the 
coding period (fig. 3a). This slight preference for coverage emanating from France is consistent 
with Feldmann’s findings (2007, 82).  
Arte Journal’s coverage of Europe displays notably wider dispersion than either of the 
national newscasts examined (see fig. 3a). Arte originated stories in 16 European nations, 
compared to 12 for ARD (including Germany) and 9 for France 2 (including France). Arte’s EU-
related news coverage from Brussels and Strasbourg was slightly higher than that of ARD and 
notably higher than that of France 2. Story items emanating from sites of EU institutions were 

























































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 “On élargit souvent les périmètres d’intérêt traditionnel, c’est à dire que ... les Allemands vont s’intéresser à ce qui 
se passe dans les élections en Pologne, alors qu’en France personne en parlait. A l’inverse, ce qui se passe dans 
le Maghreb, ou on parlait de Madagascar... et pour les Allemands Madagascar ça n’existe pas. Pour les Français 
c’est important. Voilà. Donc on élargit les périmètres des uns des autres. On élargit un peu notre Weltanschauung.” 


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