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Title: Exploring a curatorial turn in journalism
Authors: Howarth, A
Keywords: Journalism;Curate;Curatorial Turn;Digital Humanities;News
Issue Date: 2015
Citation: M/C Journal, 2015, (Themed Issue on "Curate")
Abstract: Curation has moved from the ‘rarefied’ atmosphere of museums and exhibitions into journalism where new discourses and practices are proliferating. The changes have attracted academic attention such that journalism is now facing its own curatorial turn akin to what Paul O’Neill identified in museum studies. This article draws on a meta-analysis of journal articles in the field to argue that the prevalent instrumentalist definitions of curation are necessary but not sufficient to capture what the shifts in discourse and practices mean for journalism. In order to derive a more nuanced conceptualization of curation that includes the instrumental and metaphorical, the article draws on literature beyond the field of journalism studies to trace the changing meanings of the term from curation from antiquity to the digital age. The conditions are propitious for the movement of new practices into newsrooms but where it fits in relation to existing professions is intellectually unclear because of a lack of conceptual clarity as to how curation overlaps and differs from other roles. The article offers a preliminary attempt to address this.
URI: http://bura.brunel.ac.uk/handle/2438/11223
Appears in Collections:Dept of Social Sciences Media and Communications Research Papers

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