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Isticanje komentara u informativnim žanrovima
Highlighting comments in news genres

Author(s): Marko Sapunar, Miroslav Vasilj, Siniša Kovačić
Subject(s): Media studies
Published by: Filozofski fakultet Sveučilišta u Mostaru
Keywords: genre; informational genres; commentary genres; honesty; Večernji list; Dnevni list

Summary/Abstract: As the old journalist saying goes: “comment is free, but facts are sacred”. The paper will show the present situation in the relevant issue in the two daily newspapers in Bosnia and Herzegovina, written in Croatian, Večernji list and Dnevni list. The methodology applied was content based analysis, done within a period of two weeks, on a sample of fourteen issues of both newspapers, in January and February 2012, each with the first seven pages analyzed. The analysis is based on the number of texts and type of genre in which violations of the rules were noted, part of the text, text products and the most common expressions used in violation of the rules. The results show that the violation of one of the foundations of journalism is very common in the texts that fill newspapers’ front pages. Underlying causes of violations of this rule are numerous and they result in losing credibility, not only of newspapers and authors, but of the entire journalist profession as well. Yet there is possibility that the rule of necessity of separating comments from information could come back as a common practice in the Bosnian and Herzegovinian journalism.

  • Issue Year: 2/2013
  • Issue No: 2
  • Page Range: 486-502
  • Page Count: 17
  • Language: Croatian