On the firing line: adversariness in the Portuguese investigative reporting of far-right populism

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Abstract

While exploring the uncharted area of the level of adversariness in the investigative reporting of far-right populism, this study aims to identify the kinds of criticisms featuring in the news coverage and determine which of those trace back to the initiative of media professionals. Resorting to a mixed-method comprising content analysis and reconstructive biography of the newsmagazine and tv reporting of the Chega party, it concludes that media dynamics related to the journalistic initiative and the adversarial particularities of investigative reporting account for the frequent and harsh endogenous and exogenous criticisms. Besides initiating the news story, investigative journalists also take the lead in voicing criticisms in the reporting confirming both the enterprise of the investigative reporting and its adversariness towards far-right populism.
Translated title of the contributionNa linha de fogo: a adversatividade do jornalismo de investigação português na cobertura do populismo de extrema-direita
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)301-318
Number of pages18
JournalMedia & jornalismo
Volume22
Issue number40
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 25 May 2022

Keywords

  • Investigative reporting
  • Level of adversariness in the coverage
  • Endogenous or exogenous sourcing of criticism
  • Enterprise in journalism
  • Far-right populism in Portugal

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