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Argumentation in newsmaking process and product

Applicant Rocci Andrea
Number 137181
Funding scheme ProDoc
Research institution Istituto Linguistico-Semiotico (ILS) Faccoltà di Scienze della Communicazione Università della Svizzera Italiana
Institution of higher education Università della Svizzera italiana - USI
Main discipline Other languages and literature
Start/End 01.02.2012 - 31.07.2016
Approved amount 531'958.00
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The present Research Module (RM) examines the role of argumentation practices – i.e. logical reasoning activities in social interaction – during the process of producing news and in the news text itself. The research compares different media (radio-television and print journalism) in the German, French and Italian regions of Switzerland. The media organizations considered are two units of the public service broadcaster SRG (Schweizer Fernsehen and Télévision Suisse Romande) and the main Italian language newspaper published in Ticino, Il Corriere del Ticino (CdT), which is owned by a non-profit private foundation.

News media, both print and broadcast, have been for several years a major object of interest for a branch of linguistics called “discourse analysis”. Discourse analysis studies language use in actual texts (written, spoken and signed too) with a particular focus on the socio-psychological characteristics of the speaker/writer. Also other disciplines like communication sciences, sociology and psychology are interested in this approach to texts. The research on broadcast news has been concerned with interactional aspects (the communicative exchange among the participants), while the work on written news has focused on the representational aspects of news discourse (the fact that they are supposed to mirror reality). In the last few years, a new line of research on news discourse seeks to build a bridge between the social aspects of news production and the news production process. However, the argumentative nature of the processes that lead to newsmaking decisions has been largely under-considered. Analogously, literature on argumentation in the news media context is scarce.

The present RM aims at filling this gap thanks to three different but interconnected PhD dissertations.

All three investigations start from a common preliminary step: examining argumentation in newsroom discussion and in individual problem-solving strategies adopted by journalists in their writing.  To this purpose, the four following components of news production are highlighted:

      1.institutional mission (what are the fundamental values and the social role of the media institution?);

      2.newsroom interaction (how do journalists discuss about events and how to report them?);

      3.writing processes (how does the final text come into being?);

      4.textual products (how argumentative are the news texts?).

 

Each of the three doctoral theses will then focus on answering one the following questions:

      1.Which cultural and professional values, criteria, beliefs influence argumentation and therefore determine decisions in news production?

      2.Through which rhetorical strategies do journalists search for effectiveness in discussing with colleagues and writing news texts?

      3.What argument schemes occur in newsmaking decisions and in news products?

 

The method applied will be progression analysis (an ethnographic, computer-based approach which collects and analyses data about the situation where the journalist works, the concrete movements – mistakes, corrections, reformulations- he makes when writing and the formulation of remarks on the writing process) combined with argumentative discourse analysis (investigating the argumentative interaction in which decisions are made and the reasoning procedures which lead to these decisions) and will consider also the differences and similarities across different genres and desks, as well as different linguistic and cultural regions.

The results expected from the investigation will be important for argumentation theory, for media discourse and, at a more practical level, for media professionals who can improve the quality of their news products thanks to good argumentation practices.

The research will be carried out by a team composed by Andrea Rocci (University of Lugano), who is a specialist in the analysis of argumentation in contextualized communicative activities; Daniel Perrin (Zurich University of Applied Sciences), who has developed the method of progression analysis; Marcel Burger (University of Lausanne), who focuses in his research on media discourse and processes; and three PhD students who will develop their own thesis on the three topics explained above. The director of Corriere del Ticino, Giancarlo Dillena, will actively collaborate to the development of some of the key phases of the research.

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Publication
Argumentation in journalism. Professional practices and the public sphere. Special Issue of the Journal of Argumentation in Context
Andone Corina, Rocci Andrea (2016), Argumentation in journalism. Professional practices and the public sphere. Special Issue of the Journal of Argumentation in Context, John Benjamins, Amsterdam.
Economic-financial journalists as argumentative intermediaries
Rocci Andrea, Luciani Margherita (2016), Economic-financial journalists as argumentative intermediaries, in Journal of Argumentation in Context, 5(1), 88.
Introduction to the Special Issue 'Argumentation in Journalism'
Andone Corina, Rocci Andone (2016), Introduction to the Special Issue 'Argumentation in Journalism', in Journal of argumentation in context, 1.
Journalists' emotionally coloured standpoints: a path leading to foster existing stereotypes in the audience?, in ' Argumentation and reasoned action'
Luciani Margherita (2016), Journalists' emotionally coloured standpoints: a path leading to foster existing stereotypes in the audience?, in ' Argumentation and reasoned action', in Proceedings of the first European Conference on Argumentation, Lisbon 2015, 429.
Arguing with oneself in writing for the news. Proceedings of the 8th Conference of the Int. Soc. for the Study of Argumentation, University of Amsterdam (The Netherlands), 1st-4th July 2014.
Zampa Marta (2015), Arguing with oneself in writing for the news. Proceedings of the 8th Conference of the Int. Soc. for the Study of Argumentation, University of Amsterdam (The Netherlands), 1st-4th July 2014., ISSA, University of Amsterdam , Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
Capturing editorial gatekeeping through the analysis of argumentation in editorial conference discussions. In Proc. of the VALS ASLA conf. 'Norme linguistiche in contesto', 12-14th February 2014.
Luciani Margherita, Rocci Andrea, Zampa Marta (2015), Capturing editorial gatekeeping through the analysis of argumentation in editorial conference discussions. In Proc. of the VALS ASLA conf. 'Norme linguistiche in contesto', 12-14th February 2014., VALS ASLA Conference, USI (Lugano, Switzerland).
«Ce que le quotidien des journalistes nous dit sur les tension des disours médiatiques »
Burger Marcel, Perrin Daniel (2014), «Ce que le quotidien des journalistes nous dit sur les tension des disours médiatiques », in Berthoud Anne-Claude et Marcel Burger (eds.) (ed.), De Boeck, Bruxelles , 165-194.
The editorial meeting discussion as an argumentative activity type.
Zampa Marta (2014), The editorial meeting discussion as an argumentative activity type., Virtues of Argumentation. Proc. of OSSA Conference, edited by Dima Mohammed and Marcin Lewiński. , Windsor, ON: OSSA.
Report on the conference “Narration and Argumentation”
Zampa Marta (2012), Report on the conference “Narration and Argumentation”, in Studies in Communication Sciences, 12(1), 58-60.
Compte-rendu de la conférence Langage et Argumentation 2015
Delaloye Laura, Compte-rendu de la conférence Langage et Argumentation 2015, in Studies in communication sciences, 95, 229-230.
"Maybe there is a very simple debate": how journalists frame a public discussion in the newsroom
Burger Marcel and Delaloye Laura, "Maybe there is a very simple debate": how journalists frame a public discussion in the newsroom, in Cahiers de l'Institut de linguistique et des sciences du langage, 46.
«Approche ethnographique et linguistique de l’écriture d’un éditorial»
Delaloye Laura, «Approche ethnographique et linguistique de l’écriture d’un éditorial», in A. Touboul I. Hare J.M. Rampon J.F. Tétu (eds.) (ed.), Presses Universitaires de Franche-Comté, Besançon.
Arguing with Oneself: the Writing Process as an Argumentative Soliloquy.
Zampa Marta amd Perrin Daniel, Arguing with Oneself: the Writing Process as an Argumentative Soliloquy., in Argumentation in Context, (Special is).
Argumentation in the newsroom.
Zampa Marta, Argumentation in the newsroom., Argumentation in context. Book Series, edited by F. H. van Eemeren and B. Garssen: John Benjamins, Amsterdam/ Philadelphia.
Investigating Journalism Practices. From media ethnography to media linguistics
Burger Marcel, Delaloye Laura, Investigating Journalism Practices. From media ethnography to media linguistics, in Cahiers de l'Institut de linguistique et des sciences du langage, 46, X.
The editorial meeting discussion as an argumentative activity type
Zampa Marta, The editorial meeting discussion as an argumentative activity type, OSSA, Windsor, ON.
The framing of argumentation in the making of a political editorial: from normative expectations to stylistic credo of the journalists
Burger Marcel and Delaloye Laura, The framing of argumentation in the making of a political editorial: from normative expectations to stylistic credo of the journalists, in Journal of Argumentation in Context, 5(1).

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Corriere del Ticino, Lugano Switzerland (Europe)
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Scientific events

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Title Type of contribution Title of article or contribution Date Place Persons involved
17th International Association of Applied Linguistics World Congress "One World- Many Languages" Talk given at a conference Argumentation theory: a new tool for investigating newsmaking practices 10.08.2016 University of Brisbane, Australia Zampa Marta;
Workshop su fiducia anticipazione e rischio Individual talk L'anticipazione della risposta emotiva dell'audience nelle riunioni editoriali: un caso di studio da un programma televisivo della Svizzera italiana 05.05.2016 Institute of Cognitive Sciences , CNR, Rome, Italy Luciani Margherita;
VALS ASLA Conference "The process of differentiation: language practices in social interpretation" Talk given at a conference Journalistic writing "is a bit like a puzzle": keeping track of multiple voices with a combined linguistic and argumentative approach, presented with Elena Musi 20.01.2016 University of Geneva, Switzerland Zampa Marta;
VALS ASLA conference “The Process of Process of differentiation: language practices in social interpretation” Individual talk Journalistic writing “is a bit like a puzzle”: keeping track of multiple voices with a combined linguistic and argumentative approach 20.01.2016 University of Geneva, Switzerland Zampa Marta;
VALS-ASLA Conference "The process of differentiation: language practices in social interpretation" Individual talk Journalistic writing "is a bit lime a puzzle": keeping track of multiple voices with a combined linguistic and argumentative approach 20.01.2016 University of Geneva, Switzerland Zampa Marta;
Francais parlée dans les médias, "L'impact parlée dans les médias", Panel: Analysing newsmaking processes in oral mediated interaction; the added value of a multi method of analysis of media discourse Talk given at a conference Comment et quand l'autorité journalistique se négocie: analyse de méta dialogues en conférence de rédaction, P 10.09.2015 University of Aston, Great Britain and Northern Ireland Delaloye Laura; Burger Marcel;
Argumentation et Langage (ARGAGE) Talk given at a conference Authority-based arguments in professional interactions: a discursive perspective 09.09.2015 University of Lausanne, Switzerland Zampa Marta; Delaloye Laura;
First argumentation and language conference "Linguistic markers, discursive processes, cognitive operations" Talk given at a conference Authority-based arguments in professional interactions: a discursive perspective 09.09.2015 University of Lausanne, Switzerland Delaloye Laura; Zampa Marta;
1st Argumentation and Language Conference “Linguistic markers, discoursive processes, cognitive operations” Individual talk Authority-based arguments in professional interactions: a discursive perspective. 09.09.2015 Lausanne, Switzerland Zampa Marta; Delaloye Laura;
Conference of the International Association of applied linguistics (AILA) Talk given at a conference The making of a televised political debates: From normative expectations to stylistic credos of the journalists 10.08.2015 University of Brisbane, Australia Delaloye Laura; Burger Marcel;
17th International Association of Applied Linguistics World Association "One World many languages" Individual talk Argumentation theory: a new tool for investigating newsmaking practices 10.08.2015 University of Brisbane, Australia Zampa Marta;
Conference of the International Association of applied linguistics (AILA) Talk given at a conference Co-leadership in the newsroom: an interactional perspective based on a multimodal analysis 10.08.2015 University of Brisbane, Australia Delaloye Laura;
17th International Association of Applied Linguistics World Association "One World many languages" Individual talk Reconstructing the reasons behind the news: an argumentative approach to newsmaking 10.08.2015 University of Brisbane, Australia Zampa Marta;
14th International Pragmatics Conference (IPRA)"Language and Adaptability" Individual talk Trés Tagesschau en definitive- Comparing argumentative strategies across Swiss television newsroom 26.07.2015 University of Antwerpen, Belgium Rocci Andrea; Zampa Marta;
14th International Pragmatics Conference (IPrA) “Language and Adaptability” Individual talk “Trés Tagesschau en definitive” – Comparing argumentative strategies across Swiss television newsrooms 26.07.2015 Antwerp, Belgium Rocci Andrea; Zampa Marta;
14th International Pragmatics Conference Individual talk Pragmatic strategies of empathy in journalistic news items and their influence on arguments' acceptability in the audience: a multilingual and a multimodal comparative study 26.07.2015 University of Antwepen, Belgium Luciani Margherita;
Journée d'information "Informal leadership " Talk given at a conference Informal Leadership im Entscheidungsprozess. Eine Fallanalyse aus der Kommunikationspraxis 18.06.2015 Winterthur, Switzerland Delaloye Laura;
European Conference Argumentation Individual talk Journalists' emotionally coloured standpoints: a path leading to foster existing stereotypes in the audience? 09.06.2015 University of Lisbon, Portugal Luciani Margherita;
European Conference for the Study of Argumentation (ECA), "Argumentation and reasoned action" Talk given at a conference Sub-negotiations and metadialogues in editorial conferences: an interactionist perspective 09.06.2015 University of Lisbon, Portugal Delaloye Laura;
European Conference Argumentation, 9-12 June 2015, Lisbon, Portugal Talk given at a conference Journalists’ Emotionally Colored Standpoints: A Path Leading to Foster Existing Stereotypes in the Audience? 09.06.2015 Lisbon, Portugal Luciani Margherita;
Conference "The sociolinguistics of globalization", Panel "Destandardization in the newsroom" Talk given at a conference Restandadizing the front-page splash: how journalists argue in the newsroom 03.06.2015 University of Hong Kong, China Delaloye Laura;
International aspects of storytelling Individual talk Reporting speech and meta-communication 22.05.2015 Aubier , Switzerland Delaloye Laura;
Imean Conference, "Impact". Panel "From Media ethnography to Media Linguistics: the added value of a multi-method analysis of news products and processes Talk given at a conference How and when is institutional authority questioned? Analyzing metadialogues as a means to impact on journalistic practices 09.04.2015 University of Warwick, Great Britain and Northern Ireland Delaloye Laura; Burger Marcel;
Presented at “Argupolis II – Final Event” Individual talk News values as endoxa of newsmaking. An investigation of argumentative practices in the newsroom. 14.01.2015 USI Lugano, Switzerland Zampa Marta;
Argupolis II Final event Individual talk News as as endoxa of newsmaking. An investigation of argumentative practices in the newsroom 14.01.2015 Università della Svizzera italiana, Switzerland Zampa Marta;
Argupolis doctoral school, final event Individual talk The discursive construction of argument from authority in the newsroom 13.01.2015 University of Lugano, Switzerland Delaloye Laura;
CUSO Sociologie "De la co-présence à la distance dans les recherches en sciences sociales" Individual talk La configuration des problèmes publics par les médias. Approche praxéologique du discours médiatique 02.12.2014 Morges, Switzerland Delaloye Laura;
“Studying journalist interns" Individual talk Argumentation matters: on integrating argumentative skills in journalistic education. 27.11.2014 University of Copenhagen , Denmark Zampa Marta; Perrin Daniel;
Workshop "Studying journalist interns" Talk given at a conference Argumentation matters: on integrating argumentative skills in journalistic education 27.11.2014 University of Copenhagen, Switzerland Perrin Daniel; Zampa Marta;
International conference of interactional competences in istitutional practices (ICIP) Talk given at a conference Le désaccord negocié en salle de rédaction 21.11.2014 University of Neuchatel, Switzerland Delaloye Laura;
Journées d'étude "Investigating journalism practices" Individual talk How journalists stage a public discussion from the backstage 14.11.2014 Centre de linguistique et des sciences du langage , Switzerland Burger Marcel; Delaloye Laura;
Centre de linguistique et des sciences du langage, Journée d' étude "Investigating Journalism Practices" Talk given at a conference How journalists stage a public discussion from the backstage 13.11.2014 University of Lausanne, Switzerland Delaloye Laura; Burger Marcel;
Workshop 'Investigating journalism practices: from media ethnography to media linguistics in the newsroom Individual talk Economic-financial journalists as argumentative intermediaries: an investigation of newsmaking source-process-product 13.11.2014 University of Lausanne, Switzerland Rocci Andrea;
Conference “Investigating journalism practices: from media ethnography to media linguistics" Talk given at a conference The mental grounding of linguistic representations of unaware emotions emerging in argumentative interactions: a case study from newsroom editorial meetings 11.11.2014 Lausanne, Switzerland Luciani Margherita;
Workshop "Investigating journalism practices: from media ethnography to media linguistics in the newsroom" Individual talk The mental grounding of linguistic representations of unaware emotions emerging in argumentative interactions: a case study from newsroom editorial meetings 11.11.2014 University of Lausanne, Switzerland Luciani Margherita;
International Conference on applied linguistics and professional practice Individual talk The identity of economic-financial journalists as emerging from media discourse: the case of the Italian speaking Swiss written press 10.09.2014 University of Geneve, Switzerland Luciani Margherita; Rocci Andrea;
International Conference Applied Linguistics and Professional Practice “Learning through and for pro-fessional practice” Talk given at a conference The identity of economic-financial journalists as emerging from media discourse: the case of the Italian speaking Swiss written press 10.09.2014 Geneve, Switzerland Luciani Margherita; Rocci Andrea;
4th International Conference on applied linguistics and professional practices" Learning through and for professional practices" (ALAPP) Individual talk Improving journalistic practices: analysing negotiations during editorial meeting 10.09.2014 University of Geneve, Switzerland Delaloye Laura; Burger Marcel;
International Conference of Applied Linguistics and Professional Practices (ALAPP), Learning through and for professional practices Talk given at a conference Improving journalistic practices: Analysing negotiations during editorial meetings 10.09.2014 University of Geneve, Switzerland Delaloye Laura; Burger Marcel;
17th International Association of Applied Linguistics World Congress “One World – Many Languages” Individual talk Reconstructing the reasons behind the news: an argumentative approach to newsmaking. 10.08.2014 Brisbane, Australia Zampa Marta;
Conference of the International Association of applied linguistics (AILA) Talk given at a conference Negotiating Journalistic Practices through Interaction 10.08.2014 University of Brisbane, Australia Burger Marcel; Delaloye Laura;
Conference of the International Society for the Study of Argumentation (ISSA) Individual talk An interactionist perspective on the consitution of parties in the editorial meeting 01.07.2014 University of Amsterdam, Netherlands Delaloye Laura;
Conference of the International Association for the Study of Argumentation (ISSA) Talk given at a conference An interactionist perspective on the constitution of parties in editorial meeting 01.07.2014 University of Amsterdam, Netherlands Delaloye Laura;
8th Conference of the International Society for the Study of Argumentation Individual talk Arguing with oneself in writing for the news 01.07.2014 Amsterdam, Netherlands Zampa Marta;
CUSO Sciences du langage, "Extended Multi-Unit Turns" Individual talk Multimodal dimension of turn construction 21.05.2014 Aubier, Switzerland Delaloye Laura;
Colloque International GIS Journalisme "Reprises et métamorphoses de l'actualité" Talk given at a conference Inscription spatio-temporelle de l' évenément médiatique: Analyse du processus de production d'un éditorial 27.03.2014 University of Lyon, France Delaloye Laura;
Vals Asla Annual Conference Individual talk Panel “Language Norms in Context”: Capturing editorial gatekeeping through the analysis of argumentation in editorial conferences 12.02.2014 Lugano, Switzerland Zampa Marta; Perrin Daniel; Burger Marcel; Delaloye Laura; Luciani Margherita; Rocci Andrea;
VALS ASLA Conference “Language norms in context” Individual talk Dealing with the norm: finding balance between institutional constraints and individual stance in writing an editorial 12.02.2014 USI (Lugano, Switzerland), Switzerland Zampa Marta; Perrin Daniel;
VALS ASLA annual conference on "Language norms in context" Individual talk Capturing editorial gatekeeping through the analysis of argumentation in editorial meeting discussions 12.02.2014 Università della Svizzera italiana, Switzerland Luciani Margherita; Rocci Andrea;
Normes langagières en contexte Talk given at a conference The making of an editorial: from normative expectations to stylistic credos of the journalists 12.02.2014 University of Lugano, Switzerland Burger Marcel; Delaloye Laura;
VALS ASLA Conference "Language norms in context" Individual talk The making of an editorial; from normative expectations to stylistic credos of the journalists 12.02.2014 Università della Svizzera italiana, Switzerland Delaloye Laura; Burger Marcel;
Conference Internationale "Negotiation methodological challenges in linguistic research" Talk given at a conference Roundtable "Chances and challenges of data collection in editorial offices" 06.02.2014 Institut de plurilinguisme, Fribourg, Switzerland Perrin Daniel; Delaloye Laura; Zampa Marta;
Workshop at IRG Conference “Negotiating methodological challenges in linguistic research“ Individual talk Challenges of data collection in editorial offices. 06.02.2014 University of Fribourg, Switzerland Delaloye Laura; Zampa Marta; Perrin Daniel;
Clavier conference "Recontextualizing and reconceptualizing expert discourse" Talk given at a conference Argumentation in Didactic strategies in writing process 06.11.2013 Università degli Studi di Modena e di Reggio Emilia, Italy Delaloye Laura;
CLAVIER Conference "Recontextualizing and reconceptualizing expert discourse" Talk given at a conference Didactic strategies in editorial writing processes 06.11.2013 Modena, Italy Delaloye Laura;
“ArgLab presents Argupolis in Lisbon” Individual talk Towards a typology of editorial conference discussions. 23.10.2013 New University of Lisbon, Lisbon, Portugal Zampa Marta;
ArgLab presents Argupolis in Lisbon Talk given at a conference From Experience to Expertise. Analyzing the Discursive Construction of the Journalistic Identity in News Media Discourse. 22.10.2013 Lisbon, Portugal Delaloye Laura;
ArgLab presents Argupolis in Lisbon Talk given at a conference Towards a typology of editorial conference discussions 22.10.2013 Lisbon, Portugal Zampa Marta;
ECREA Conference "Interpersonal Communication and Social Interaction", Talk given at a conference Capturing editorial gatekeeping through the analysis of argumentation in editorial meeting discussions 03.10.2013 Lugano, Switzerland Luciani Margherita; Rocci Andrea; Zampa Marta;
ECREA Conference “Interpersonal Communication and Social Interaction" Individual talk Capturing editorial gatekeeping through the analysis of argumentation in editorial meeting discussions 03.10.2013 USI Lugano, Switzerland Zampa Marta; Rocci Andrea; Luciani Margherita;
5th Language in the Media Conference, Queen Mary University of London Talk given at a conference Reasoning about language use in financial news. 28.09.2013 London, Great Britain and Northern Ireland Zampa Marta;
5th International language in the media conference Talk given at a conference Target audience: distinction of readership in editorial writing process 28.09.2013 Queen Mary University, London, Great Britain and Northern Ireland Delaloye Laura;
5th International language in the media conference Talk given at a conference Redefining journalism. Participation, practice, change 28.09.2013 Queen Mary University of London, Great Britain and Northern Ireland Perrin Daniel;
5th International Language in the Media Conference: „Redefining journalism. Participation, practice, change“ Talk given at a conference Keynote: Drivers of change. Investigating routine and emergence in journalism. 28.09.2013 Queen Mary University of London , Great Britain and Northern Ireland Perrin Daniel;
5th Language in the Media Conference Talk given at a conference Reasoning about language use in financial news 28.09.2013 London, Great Britain and Northern Ireland Zampa Marta;
4th International Conference Applied Linguistics and Professional Practice “Learning through and for professional practice” Individual talk “Well one has- there are those unwritten laws” - on the nature of knowledge in the newsroom. 10.09.2013 University of Geneva, Switzerland Zampa Marta; Perrin Daniel;
IFL Graduate Student Conference 2013 – Reasons and Deliberation in Real-World Contexts. Talk given at a conference Reasoning in newsmaking: the cutter-journalist discussion 17.06.2013 Lisbon, Portugal Zampa Marta;
Presented at 2nd IFL Graduate Student Conference “Reasons and Deliberation in Real-World Contexts”, New University of Lisbon Individual talk Reasoning in newsmaking: the cutter-journalist discussion. 17.06.2013 Lisbon, Portugal Zampa Marta;
OSSA 10 – Virtues of Argumentation. Talk given at a conference The editorial meeting discussion as an argumentative activity type. 22.05.2013 Windsor, Canada Zampa Marta;
10th International Conference of the Ontario Society for the Study of Argumentation (OSSA), University of Windsor (Canada) Individual talk The editorial meeting discussion as an argumentative activity type. Presented at “Virtues of Argumentation” 22.05.2013 University of Windsor, Canada., United States of America Zampa Marta;
SAUTE 2013 – Emotion, Affect, Sentiment: The Language and Aesthetics of Feeling Talk given at a conference The argumentative functions of emotive language in newsmaking process: a case study of an editorial conference of a Swiss German television news program. 19.04.2013 Lausanne, Switzerland Luciani Margherita;
SGKM Conference "Transdisciplinarity in communication and media research- a return on investment or a complete waste of time?' Talk given at a conference Knowledge transformation III: Some examples of how research and praxis can benefit from each other 12.04.2013 Zurich University of Applied Sciences, Winterthur, Switzerland Zampa Marta;
SGKM 2013 - Transdisciplinarity in communication and media research – a return on investment or a complete waste of time? Talk given at a conference Tacit knowledge as the missing link – Knowledge transformation and newswriting research. 12.04.2013 Winterthur, Switzerland Zampa Marta; Perrin Daniel;
SGKM-Conference “Transdisciplinarity in communication and media research – a return on investment or a complete waste of time?” Individual talk Knowledge transformation III: Some examples of how research and praxis can benefit from each other 12.04.2013 Zurich University of Applied Sciences, Switzerland Zampa Marta;
Thematic School on Practical Reasoning, 28-30th November. Individual talk Practical reasoning at different levels of newsmaking 28.11.2012 USI (Lugano, Switzerland), Switzerland Rocci Andrea; Zampa Marta;
Thematic School for Practical Reasoning - Argupolis II Graduate School. Talk given at a conference Practical reasoning at different levels of newsmaking. 28.11.2012 Lugano, Switzerland Rocci Andrea; Perrin Daniel; Zampa Marta;


Self-organised

Title Date Place
"Vers une ethnolinquistique des médias". 09.10.2015 Section de Francais et Centre de linguistique et des sciences du langage, Switzerland
Cycle de conférences "Discours sur le méta" 01.04.2015 Centre de linguistique et des sciences du langage, Switzerland

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LACoPS (Laboratorio per l'argomentazione nei contesti della pubblica sfera): pomeriggio di studio aperto al pubblico 27.05.2015 Università della Svizzera italiana, Switzerland

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Abstract

The present RM examines the role of argumentative practices - i.e. practices of socialized reasoning and reason-giving - in newsmaking discourse and in news discourse, by examining both argumentation in the news production process and argumentation in the textual news products. The research takes a comparative approach, looking at different media (radio-television vs. print journalism) in three different linguistic and cultural regions of Switzerland (German, French and Italian). The media organizations considered are two different units of the public service broadcaster SRG (Schweizer Fernsehen and Télévision Suisse Romande) and the main Italian language newspaper published in Ticino, Il Corriere del Ticino (CdT), which is owned by a non-profit private foundation.News media, both print and broadcast, have been for several years a major object of interest for discourse analysts. The research on broadcast news has been concerned with interactional aspects, while a larger part of news discourse research, and especially the work on written news, has focused on the representational aspects of news discourse. In the last few years, a new line of research on news discourse has emerged, which seeks to build a bridge between the sociology of news production and the linguistic nitty-gritty of the news production process. However, the argumentative nature of the processes that lead to newsmaking decisions has been largely under-considered. Analogously, literature on argumentation in the news media context is scarce. Aiming at attempting to fill this gap, the present RM articulates into three distinct but interconnected investigations, corresponding to three different PhD dissertations. All three investigations starts from a common preliminary step, which is aimed at ascertaining the argumentativeness, i.e. the degree of argumentative commitment of processes (newsroom meetings and writing) and of products. To this purpose, the four following components of news production is highlighted: (1) institutional mission; (2) newsroom interaction; (3) writing processes; (4) textual products. The functioning of practical argumentation in newsroom deliberation and in individual problem-solving strategies adopted by journalists in their writing strategies will be examined, investigating to what extent newsmaking decisions, at different levels, are informed by explicit or elicitable arguments and it will examine to what extent newsroom deliberation conforms to the standards of a critical discussion. In the end, the analysis will establish the argumentativeness of the products in different genres and desks. Then, the three doctoral theses envisaged by the RM will focus on the following central aspects of argumentation: (i) the relationship between the cultural and professional values bound to the mission of the interaction field and the endoxical component of the argumentation guiding all newsmaking phases; (ii) the rhetorical strategies through which journalists search for effectiveness in all communicative interactions in which they are involved; and (iii) the analysis and evaluation of argument schemes.Methodologically, the investigation will combine progression analysis with argumentative discourse analysis and will consider also the differences and similarities across different genres and desks, as well as different linguistic and cultural regions.The results expected from the investigation will be important for argumentation theory, increasingly concerned with the study of real, contextualized, argumentation; for studies in media discourse, which so far has largely ignored the relevance of the argumentative dimension; and at a more practical level, for media professionals and journalism practices, whose quality is conditioned by the quality of the argumentation practices.The research will be carried out by a team composed by Andrea Rocci (University of Lugano), who is a specialist in the analysis of argumentation in contextualized communicative activities; Daniel Perrin (Zurich University of Applied Sciences), who has developed the method of progression analysis; Marcel Burger (University of Lausanne), who focuses in his research on media discourse and processes; and three PhD students who will develop their own thesis on the three topics explained above. The director of Corriere del Ticino, Giancarlo Dillena, will actively collaborate to the development of some of the key phases of the research.
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