Mutatis Mutandis? The Stably Evolving Portuguese Journalism

Rui Alexandre Novais

Resumo


This article offers a diachronic comparative examination of the different dimensions regarding the Portuguese journalists’ role conceptions, autonomy, trust in social institutions, influences, as well as ideology. Based on more than 500 interviews over a five year period, it corroborates the state of change of journalism as a result of the combined technological innovation impact and market-related considerations, which amounts to a sub-stantive deterioration of the working conditions in the profession, its public credibility and ethical standards. However, and above all, it also concludes that the statistically significant but rather selective and modest changes found validate a general trend of stability in Portuguese journalists self-perception in line with the theory of homogeneity across time.

Este artigo oferece uma análise comparativa diacrónica das diferentes dimensões relativas à autopercepção dos jornalistas portugueses, do seu papel ou funções, da autonomia, da confiança nas instituições sociais, das influências, bem como das questões éticas. Baseado em mais de 500 entrevistas, ao longo de um período de cinco anos, constata o fluxo de mudança do jornalismo em resultado da combinação do impacto da inovação tecnológica com a dimensão comercial, que se consubstanciam numa considerável deterioração tanto das condições de trabalho como a nível da credibilidade pública e dos padrões éticos. No entanto, e acima de tudo, conclui que as mudanças estatisticamente significativas verificadas, sendo selectivas e modestas, validam a tendência generalizada de estabilidade nas autopercepções dos jornalistas portugueses em consonância com a teoria da homogeneização ao longo do tempo.

Es artículo consiste en una análisis comparada diacrónica acerca de las distintas dimensiones de la auto-percepción de los periodistas portugueses sobre su papel, la autonomía, la confianza en las instituciones sociales, las influencias, asi como, las cuestiones éticas. Basado en más de 500 entrevistas, al largo de cinco años, constata un processo de cambio del periodismo en resultado de la combinación del impacto de la inno-vación tecnológica y la dimensión comercial, con implicaciones en la deterioración de las condiciones de traba-jo, de la credibilidad pública y los padrones éticos. Sin embargo, y sobre todo, concluye que los cambios estadísticamente significativas verificados, al ser selectivos y modestos, validan la tendencia generalizada de estabilidad en las auto-percepciones de los periodistas portugueses, en línea con la teoría de la homogenei-dad a través del tiempo.

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Portuguese journalism; WOJ; Homogeneity across time; Longitudinal analysis; Changes in journalism

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.25200/BJR.v14n2.2018.1086

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