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Personal Narratives of Health by TV Anchors and Reporters: Issues of Control Over Social Media and Professional Expression

Abstract Broadcast journalists often report on people dealing with illness or physical hardship, their difficulties and triumphs. But what happens when journalists personally experience those kinds of health-related issues? This study explores how 24 local and national on-air journalists share how they manage life with illness and hardship using personal narratives shared on their professional social media pages, detailing how the journalists navigate sharing a deeply personal experience while maintaining a professional journalistic persona. Thematic analysis found the journalists’ performed three acts when sharing personal health information in a public forum: they reported on their illness, they were transparent, and they justified their actions. ... (more)
Created Date 2019
Contributor Pellizzaro, Kirstin Nicole (Author) / Thornton, Leslie-Jean (Advisor) / Silcock, Bill (Committee member) / Kwon, K. Hazel (Committee member) / Cheong, Pauline (Committee member) / Arizona State University (Publisher)
Subject Journalism / Broadcast / Emotional Labor / Health / Journalism / Self-presentation / Social Media
Type Doctoral Dissertation
Extent 244 pages
Language English
Note Doctoral Dissertation Journalism and Mass Communication 2019
Collaborating Institutions Graduate College / ASU Library
Additional Formats MODS / OAI Dublin Core / RIS

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