Driving the Frame: How News Values, News Pegs and Story Angles Guide Journalistic Frame-Building

J.L.J. Boesman, Baldwin Van Gorp

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This paper offers a conceptual framework for understanding the journalistic contribution to framing from within a cultural constructionist approach. In this conceptualisation, framing devices and reasoning devices are presented as the building blocks of frames, and news values are perceived as their driving forces in the process of frame-building. It is argued that, in the practice of news production, journalistic news values lead to cultural news frames through the implementation of news pegs and story angles. The challenge for research is to identify the conditions that determine the adherence to news pegs and the predetermined features of story angles. Influencing factors are identified on three levels: institutional, organisational and individual. Based on the understanding of frame-building in journalism practice, this essay concludes by suggesting how journalists may contribute to frame diversity.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInternational Communication Association (ICA)
Publication statusPublished - 26 May 2017


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