Full Text

Journalists: Professional Associations

Svennik Høyer


Joining a professional journalist association usually requires gaining one's main livelihood by working fulltime in the editorial department of a media organization. News gathering may involve documentation, detective work, outright research, or combining findings from existing databases. Other specialists such as photographers, technicians, designers, and the like are central to producing content but are not responsible for the full journalistic text. Furthermore, media work involves observing events and images or fetching information from outside sources, transcribing or transforming the information, and finally editing and framing the information into a preset template (→  Magazine, Visual Design of ; Newspaper ; Photojournalism ). It is difficult to pursue →  Journalism outside editorial departments. Getting hired by a publisher is still one of the main criteria for entering journalism and for being admitted to a professional organization. “Professionalism” is often defined as the mastering of themes, forms, and routines, which regularly occur in journalism. As part of their stylebooks, media companies set the standards for their publications, but unlike medicine, journalism practice does not draw on scientific research for authority. Instead, journalism has depended, for long periods of its history, more on artistic effort than on professional routines (→  Professionalization ... log in or subscribe to read full text

Log In

You are not currently logged-in to Blackwell Reference Online

If your institution has a subscription, you can log in here:


     Forgotten your password?

Find out how to subscribe.

Your library does not have access to this title. Please contact your librarian to arrange access.

[ access key 0 : accessibility information including access key list ] [ access key 1 : home page ] [ access key 2 : skip navigation ] [ access key 6 : help ] [ access key 9 : contact us ] [ access key 0 : accessibility statement ]

Blackwell Publishing Home Page

Blackwell Reference Online ® is a Blackwell Publishing Inc. registered trademark
Technology partner: Semantico Ltd.

Blackwell Publishing and its licensors hold the copyright in all material held in Blackwell Reference Online. No material may be resold or published elsewhere without Blackwell Publishing's written consent, save as authorised by a licence with Blackwell Publishing or to the extent required by the applicable law.

Back to Top