Watchdogging populism: journalistic roles conception, performance and negotiation in reporting the far-right in Portugal

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Abstract

The article aims to unpack the press reporting of far-right populism invested in its journalistic roles, as manifested in the watchdog performance by the leading Portuguese newsmagazine Visão in a series of feature articles on the emergent Chega party. Drawing on an original combination of methodologies comprising surveys, rhetorical analysis, and qualitative interviewing, it concludes that Visão adopts an interventionist mode of the watchdog role in the reporting. It also validates the need to integrate a negotiative assessment of the role orientation and reporting practive to fill both the general ideal-practive gap of the journalistic roles and the specific ideal-performance of the watchdog role.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)316-349
Number of pages34
JournalBrazilian Journalism Research
Volume18
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 29 Aug 2022

Keywords

  • Ideal-practice press professional roles
  • Far-right populism
  • Portuguese journalists and Visão newsmagazine
  • Watchdog orientation and performance
  • Negotiative assessment of journalistic professional roles

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