When a journalist thinks he or she has gained access to an exclusive source, the journalist is more compelled to follow the source’s lead in framing that news. The conclusion was reached by Jan Boesman, Anna Berbers, Leen d’Haenens and Baldwin Van Gorp, all of University of Leuven. The authors conducted interviews and newsroom observations with 20 Belgian journalists in four newsrooms.
The authors also noticed that when a new story emerges, it is initially framed through the frames of past, similar events. They also noticed that the frames could and would be maintained by producing stories supportive to it. The news value of these stories, if not initially apparent, could then be increased by ways of engaging story telling, the authors write.
The article The news is in the frame was published as an online first article of the journal Journalism. It is available online (abstract free).
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