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Expanding Boundaries of Understanding? The Mental Maps of Transnational Television Journalism
Unformatted Document Text:  Grieves - Expanding Boundaries 7 3. National Cultures of Journalism France and Germany each have distinct professional traditions of journalism. German television newscasts typically strive for journalistic seriousness through a distanced, earnest presentation style, whereas French television news programs attempt to engage viewers through a visually appealing, personal style (Rothenberger, 2008; von Münchow, 2004). These different styles correspond to different ideas about what journalism should primarily accomplish, in a broad sense: for Germans, to pass along information, and for the French, to connect emotionally. This study sought signs of these differences by examining the main evening newscasts of the largest public-service television operations in each country, Germany’s ARD and the France 2 television channel. Specifically, this study probed the geographic locations of news coverage of each, to determine if certain patterns emerge... patterns that might suggest the direction of the French and German mediascapes, locating points of commonality and highlighting divergences. In this context, the study investigates the following questions: RQ1: What are the spatial pictures created by ARD and France 2 newscast content? RQ2: Are the spatial outlooks of ARD and France 2 consistent with differences in the national journalistic cultures? ARD and France 2 serve as strong examples of German and French national television news traditions, and in so doing they act as a counterpoint to Arte, the transnational channel that is the focus of this study. With its analysis of Arte, this study heeds calls to consider transnational

Authors: Grieves, Kevin.
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Grieves - Expanding Boundaries 
3. National Cultures of Journalism 
 
France and Germany each have distinct professional traditions of journalism. German 
television newscasts typically strive for journalistic seriousness through a distanced, earnest 
presentation style, whereas French television news programs attempt to engage viewers through 
a visually appealing, personal style (Rothenberger, 2008; von Münchow, 2004). These different 
styles correspond to different ideas about what journalism should primarily accomplish, in a 
broad sense: for Germans, to pass along information, and for the French, to connect emotionally. 
 
This study sought signs of these differences by examining the main evening newscasts of 
the largest public-service television operations in each country, Germany’s ARD and the France 
2 television channel. Specifically, this study probed the geographic locations of news coverage 
of each, to determine if certain patterns emerge... patterns that might suggest the direction of the 
French and German mediascapes, locating points of commonality and highlighting divergences. 
In this context, the study investigates the following questions: 
 
RQ1: What are the spatial pictures created by ARD and France 2 newscast content? 
RQ2: Are the spatial outlooks of ARD and France 2 consistent with differences in the national 
journalistic cultures? 
 
ARD and France 2 serve as strong examples of German and French national television news 
traditions, and in so doing they act as a counterpoint to Arte, the transnational channel that is the 
focus of this study. With its analysis of Arte, this study heeds calls to consider transnational 


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