Authors and poets write the news a case study of a radical journalistic experiment

Hagar Lahav, Zvi Reich

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This study analyzes a journalistic community's interpretation of an experiment in which authors (primarily fiction writers) and poets replaced the reporters of a major Israeli newspaper and produced the news in two special issues. Using a mix of methodologies-content analysis, interviews with journalists and authors, a survey among journalists and analysis of readers' responses-the study shows that the journalistic community reacted conservatively to this exceptional project and framed it as a "deviation" to be rejected as "not real journalism." This may suggest that the journalistic communities' reflexive protection of their familiar routines is so strong that it may endanger their ability to survive unfolding threats.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)624-641
Number of pages18
JournalJournalism Studies
Issue number5
StatePublished - 1 Oct 2011


  • Breaches of journalism
  • Future of journalism
  • Innovation in news
  • Interpretive communities
  • Israel
  • Newspapers

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Communication


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