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Expanding Boundaries of Understanding? The Mental Maps of Transnational Television Journalism
Unformatted Document Text:  Grieves - Expanding Boundaries 24 appeared to come closest to addressing issues of global identity as defined by Berglez, for instance “...news journalism representing a global public or global people (in terms of defending the interests of humankind)” (2007, 852). With more in-depth pieces on the situation of women, children or refugees, or reports on ecological problems, Arte newscasts during the coding period were most prominent in this regard. Yet they did not consistently reflect this orientation, perhaps indicating a tension between elements of a global outlook and Arte’s roots as a binational station with journalists from France and Germany determining content. Newscast content is not solely shaped by journalistic choice, as noted earlier, yet in the context of this study it is not possible to gauge the exact role of other factors such as logistical constraints. Ethnographic techniques could shed additional light on the work environment of these newscast producers. Further research in this direction will aid in our understanding of journalism across borders and of how news shapes our understanding of our surroundings. As noted earlier, this paper reflects an initial step in a larger inquiry on Arte, ARD and France 2 television journalism. More broadly, this line of research would benefit from more inclusive (i.e. other outlets such as commercial channels) and longitudinal attention. Similar analysis of other transnational television channels such as EuroNews, or with more global reach such as BBC World, France24, Al Jazeera or CNN International could also prove illuminating. One might conclude from the present analysis that what appears good in theory – global news style or European public sphere – becomes messy when it encounters the reality of daily journalistic production. All of the factors that influence which stories get covered, from where, and in what style, can be variable: producers’ news judgment, logistical constraints of news gathering, audience expectations... none of these are consistent, mechanical processes. For a

Authors: Grieves, Kevin.
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Grieves - Expanding Boundaries 
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appeared to come closest to addressing issues of global identity as defined by Berglez, for 
instance “...news journalism representing a global public or global people (in terms of defending 
the interests of humankind)” (2007, 852). With more in-depth pieces on the situation of women, 
children or refugees, or reports on ecological problems, Arte newscasts during the coding period 
were most prominent in this regard. Yet they did not consistently reflect this orientation, perhaps 
indicating a tension between elements of a global outlook and Arte’s roots as a binational station 
with journalists from France and Germany determining content.  
 
Newscast content is not solely shaped by journalistic choice, as noted earlier, yet in the 
context of this study it is not possible to gauge the exact role of other factors such as logistical 
constraints. Ethnographic techniques could shed additional light on the work environment of 
these newscast producers. Further research in this direction will aid in our understanding of 
journalism across borders and of how news shapes our understanding of our surroundings. As 
noted earlier, this paper reflects an initial step in a larger inquiry on Arte, ARD and France 2 
television journalism. More broadly, this line of research would benefit from more inclusive (i.e. 
other outlets such as commercial channels) and longitudinal attention. Similar analysis of other 
transnational television channels such as EuroNews, or with more global reach such as BBC 
World, France24, Al Jazeera or CNN International could also prove illuminating.  
 
One might conclude from the present analysis that what appears good in theory – global 
news style or European public sphere – becomes messy when it encounters the reality of daily 
journalistic production. All of the factors that influence which stories get covered, from where, 
and in what style, can be variable: producers’ news judgment, logistical constraints of news 
gathering, audience expectations... none of these are consistent, mechanical processes. For a 


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