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Is language a news value in Belgium? A case study of the use of Dutch-language quotes in the French-language TV news

Geert Jacobs (UGent) and Els Tobback (UGent)
(2013) JOURNALISM STUDIES. 14(3). p.407-422
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In today’s globalized and multilingual mediascape the practicalities of inter-language translation have become increasingly relevant in the newsroom and the question has been raised how multilingualism affects journalistic practice. This question seems particularly relevant in Belgium, where the political tension between Dutch-speaking and French-speaking communities has recently dominated the news agenda. In this paper we report on team fieldwork conducted in the TV newsroom of Belgium’s French-language public broadcasting corporation RTBF in the spring of 2009. In particular, we will present a case study in which a journalist struggles with the integration of a number of Dutch-language quotes in a news report on the demise of the fashion industry. Our behind-the-scenes analysis, from the storyboard meeting until broadcasting, leads us to question whether the language in which source materials are available can be considered a news value in Belgium. In line with recent calls in media linguistics, our approach is a linguistic ethnographic one, demonstrating the added value of a fine-grained analysis of the discursive processes at the heart of newsmaking routines, one that allows us to revisit news values as decision-making parameters not just in gatekeeping but throughout the news production process.
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quotes, newsroom, news values, multilingualism, Belgium, linguistic ethnography

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Jacobs, Geert, and Els Tobback. “Is Language a News Value in Belgium? A Case Study of the Use of Dutch-language Quotes in the French-language TV News.” JOURNALISM STUDIES 14.3 (2013): 407–422. Print.
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Jacobs, Geert, & Tobback, E. (2013). Is language a news value in Belgium? A case study of the use of Dutch-language quotes in the French-language TV news. JOURNALISM STUDIES, 14(3), 407–422.
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Jacobs, Geert, and Els Tobback. 2013. “Is Language a News Value in Belgium? A Case Study of the Use of Dutch-language Quotes in the French-language TV News.” Journalism Studies 14 (3): 407–422.
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Jacobs, Geert, and Els Tobback. 2013. “Is Language a News Value in Belgium? A Case Study of the Use of Dutch-language Quotes in the French-language TV News.” Journalism Studies 14 (3): 407–422.
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Jacobs G, Tobback E. Is language a news value in Belgium? A case study of the use of Dutch-language quotes in the French-language TV news. JOURNALISM STUDIES. 2013;14(3):407–22.
IEEE
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G. Jacobs and E. Tobback, “Is language a news value in Belgium? A case study of the use of Dutch-language quotes in the French-language TV news,” JOURNALISM STUDIES, vol. 14, no. 3, pp. 407–422, 2013.
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  title        = {{Is language a news value in Belgium? A case study of the use of Dutch-language quotes in the French-language TV news}},
  url          = {{http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/1461670X.2012.699345}},
  volume       = {{14}},
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