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The economy of just-in-time television newscasting: Journalistic production and professional excellence at Euronews

Abstract : Since the 1990s, 24-hour national and especially transnational television news channels (BBC World, CNN International, CNBC, etc.) have imposed themselves as models for nonstop news production in Western Europe and have propagated a new model of professional excellence. Based on an ethnographic fieldwork and interviews conducted at the pan-European channel Euronews, this article displays the characteristics of the concrete organization of the new division of journalistic work: the specific properties of Euronews, its designs for processing and producing just-in-time news, and how it tailors its product for transnational audience. The functioning of Euronews is a living laboratory for studying the constraints that bear on all-news networks, including the relentless reduction in production costs, the effects of temporal compression (spot assignments that are unpredictable, 'live' broadcasts, etc.) or the development of sedentary or 'sit-down journalism'. This article offers a rare ethnographic window into the workaday universe of 24-hour news broadcasting.
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Olivier Baisnée, Dominique Marchetti. The economy of just-in-time television newscasting: Journalistic production and professional excellence at Euronews. Ethnography, SAGE Publications, 2006, 7 (1), p. 99-123. ⟨10.1177/1466138106064588⟩. ⟨halshs-02379831⟩

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