Images of investigative journalism in the Slovenian daily press Cover Image

Podobe preiskovalnega novinarstva v slovenskem dnevnem tisku
Images of investigative journalism in the Slovenian daily press

Author(s): Karmen Erjavec, Melita Poler Kovačić
Subject(s): Social Sciences
Published by: Slovensko sociološko društvo (in FDV)
Keywords: institutional scandals; investigative journalism; journalistic strategies; information sources; journalism ethics

Summary/Abstract: Slovenian journalists have adopted certain strategies to create images of investigative journalism in the (quality) daily press. However, some reports covering institutional scandals may be labelled merely semi-investigative. The textual analysis exposed strategies of factism, referring to official and/or anonymous sources, and to common knowledge and common sense. During in-depth interviews, journalists attributed reasons for this practice to the media’s market-driven orientation; they believed that they are forced to persist in a situation which cannot be changed or is even perceived as normal. Thus, instead of playing the role of watchdogs, semi-investigative journalists allow official sources, often hidden behind a veil of anonymity, to build media agendas.

  • Issue Year: 26/2010
  • Issue No: 64
  • Page Range: 63-80
  • Page Count: 18
  • Language: Slovenian