Chantal Francoeur


ABSTRACT – This article lays out a theoretical framework through which the journalist’s body is rendered both visible and accountable. Drawing on ethnographic and geographic scholarship, it argues that the journalist’s body serves as a sensor, as a transducer (Helmreich, 2007), and as a depository. Conceiving the journalist’s body as an instrument that simultaneously senses, transforms, and stores information opens the door to a rich and nuanced understanding of how sensing bodies participate in and contribute to the journalistic endeavor, both practically and epistemologically.

RESUMO – Este artigo expõe um quadro teórico no qual o corpo jornalístico é apresentado de forma visível e explicável. Com base em um conhecimento etnográfico e geográfico, argumenta que o corpo jornalístico atua como um sensor, como um transdutor (Helmreich, 2007) e como um depositário. A concepção do corpo jornalístico como um instrumento que simultaneamente sente, transforma e armazena a informação abre espaço para uma compreensão rica e nuançada de como o corpo sensitório participa e contribui para o esforço jornalístico, tanto do ponto de vista prático como epistemológico.

RESUMEN – – Este artículo expone un marco teórico a través del cual el cuerpo del periodista es presentado de forma visible y relatable. Basándose en el conocimiento etnográfico y geográfico, sostiene que el cuerpo del periodista sirve como sensor, como transductor (Helmreich, 2007) y como depositario. Concebir el cuerpo del periodista como un instrumento que simultáneamente siente, transforma y almacena información abre la puerta a una comprensión rica y matizada de cómo los cuerpos sensoriales participan y contribuyen al esfuerzo periodístico, tanto práctica como epistemológicamente.


Bodies; Journalistic process; Journalistic epistemology; Ethnography; Geography

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