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Expanding Boundaries of Understanding? The Mental Maps of Transnational Television Journalism
Unformatted Document Text:  Grieves - Expanding Boundaries 23 covered the story as well, but towards the end of those newscasts, and in briefer fashion: 2 minutes and 1:40 minutes total, respectively. The Sweden story can be considered important to Europe as a whole, more so than to one particular national sphere, where the impact is likely to be perceived as relatively limited. 9. Concluding thoughts Is Arte’s sustained attention to a story that seems marginal by national journalistic standards evidence of a European journalistic outlook? Based on the evidence of this study, one might argue that it represents a clear step in that direction. Feldmann concluded that Arte’s newscast covered more “European aspects” in greater detail than national German television news offerings, and suggested that the newscast could be accorded “a key role in the constitution of a European public sphere” (2007, 95). The findings of this present study, whose scope included the French side as well, lend support to the notion that Arte’s journalistic outlook is more pan-European, not merely the melding of the French and German national perspectives. Whether Arte’s modest audience numbers form a practical basis in addition to a theoretical basis for a transnational public sphere is less clear, however. As for the emergence of what Berglez (2007) terms a “global news style,” the answers also appear less clear-cut. Generally, the newscast content analyzed here suggests that Tagesschau and 20 heures primarily related news stories and corresponding geographies back to the national frame of reference of the domestic audience, as one might expect. There were some exceptions to this, however, as other journalistic values seemed to intervene: compelling video, compelling characters, or intrinsic political importance of events, for example. Arte Journal

Authors: Grieves, Kevin.
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Grieves - Expanding Boundaries 
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covered the story as well, but towards the end of those newscasts, and in briefer fashion: 2 
minutes and 1:40 minutes total, respectively. The Sweden story can be considered important to 
Europe as a whole, more so than to one particular national sphere, where the impact is likely to 
be perceived as relatively limited.   
 
9. Concluding thoughts 
 
 
Is Arte’s sustained attention to a story that seems marginal by national journalistic 
standards evidence of a European journalistic outlook? Based on the evidence of this study, one 
might argue that it represents a clear step in that direction. Feldmann concluded that Arte’s 
newscast covered more “European aspects” in greater detail than national German television 
news offerings, and suggested that the newscast could be accorded “a key role in the constitution 
of a European public sphere” (2007, 95). The findings of this present study, whose scope 
included the French side as well, lend support to the notion that Arte’s journalistic outlook is 
more pan-European, not merely the melding of the French and German national perspectives. 
Whether Arte’s modest audience numbers form a practical basis in addition to a theoretical basis 
for a transnational public sphere is less clear, however. 
 
As for the emergence of what Berglez (2007) terms a “global news style,” the answers 
also appear less clear-cut. Generally, the newscast content analyzed here suggests that 
Tagesschau and 20 heures primarily related news stories and corresponding geographies back to 
the national frame of reference of the domestic audience, as one might expect. There were some 
exceptions to this, however, as other journalistic values seemed to intervene: compelling video, 
compelling characters, or intrinsic political importance of events, for example. Arte Journal 


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