Covid-19 and journalism conundrums: a study on dilemmas in content selection

Jurnal Studi Komunikasi (Indonesian Journal of Communications Studies)

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Title Covid-19 and journalism conundrums: a study on dilemmas in content selection
Creator Sushmita, Chelin Indra
Pawito, Pawito
Rahmanto, Andre Novie
Description The study examined journalism practices covering Coronavirus disease (Covid-19), particularly online journalism in Solo, one of the metropolitan cities in Central Java Province of Indonesia. Solo is the first city in Indonesia to declare an extraordinary event due to the Covid-19 pandemic after coronavirus-linked deaths were reported. The notion of a dilemmatic situation, mainly in content selection, is the central perspective in this research. This research referred to news value theory and agenda-setting that used a qualitative approach method. The data were obtained through interviews with 20 journalists of online media in Solo. We also included non-participatory observation in the newsroom. The study suggests that, to some extent, journalists face a dilemma in choosing content to present news that concerns the public interest during the Covid-19 pandemic. The dilemma included determining interesting issues, attracting the public interest, and becoming meaningful to the readers, but not to endanger the personal safety and maintain professional sustainability because there is no news worthy of a life.
Publisher Faculty of Communications Science, Dr. Soetomo University
Date 2021-06-30
Type info:eu-repo/semantics/article
Peer-reviewed Article
Format application/pdf
Source Jurnal Studi Komunikasi; Vol 5 No 2 (2021); 471-492
Language eng
Rights Copyright (c) 2021 Jurnal Studi Komunikasi

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