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Publication . Article . 2017

Designing the news: A practitioner perspective on the production values in newspaper sub-editing

Astrid Vandendaele;
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Published: 26 Nov 2017 Journal: Journalism, volume 21, pages 1,655-1,675 (issn: 1464-8849, eissn: 1741-3001, Copyright policy )
Publisher: SAGE Publications
Abstract
This article zooms in on the daily practices of newspaper production journalists. In three semi-structured interviews with sub-editors employed by a Belgian newspaper, I test the practical application of the ‘production values’ I formulated, that is, guidelines that help them ensure accuracy, readability, appeal and credibility of their newspaper. By not only ‘member checking’ previous findings with sub-editors but also including the layout designers’ input on their collaborative process, I re(de)fine my original set of production values. My data suggest that in this particular newsroom the layout designer’s voice can be heard louder than ever. By ‘designing’ the news, sub-editors and layout designers add all-important journalistic value to their publications.
Subjects by Vocabulary

Microsoft Academic Graph classification: Process (engineering) Set (abstract data type) Credibility Multimedia computer.software_genre computer Advertising Production (economics) Appeal Newspaper Readability Computer science Test (assessment)

Subjects

Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous), Communication

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