What defines news culture?

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Studies on the adaptation of mass media texts for different spatial areas have so far mostly been focusing on linguistic and national spaces. This article revisits the language-space-relationship by taking an in-depth look at TV news stories and the question if their corresponding styles can be detected on a regional, local, translocal or even global scale. By juxtaposing TV news stories from the US and various European countries with a selection of different Swiss stories, the following analysis reveals the relevance of other factors beyond the correlative nation or language. These factors can be associated with a variety of dimensions of journalistic cultures, thus going beyond the concept of only locally diffused practices. From a methodological point of view, a ‘multifactorial parallel text analysis’ takes into account exactly these findings.


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