News and the word-image problematic: A (key)word on international news pictures' production

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This article is about the unique word-image relations as these appear in international news production. This is achieved by analysing the labour of a particular team - the keyword team - in the news picture production routine at the powerful Thomson Reuters international news agency. By analysing the daily work of keyworders at Thomson Reuters, I explore how the word-image problem is demonstrated, and settled, in international news production. Similar to the picture categorising mechanisms in the stock business, I argue that word and image relations in news media can also be productive, serving as a cultural practice that helps extending the shelf-life of archived pictures, thus increasing news picture sales worldwide.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)977-993
Number of pages17
Issue number8
StatePublished - 1 Sep 2017


  • Ekphrasis
  • Thomson Reuters
  • international news production

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Communication
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)


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