TWO SIDES OF THE SAME COIN: The role of boundary work and isomorphism in the emergence of financial journalism in Israel

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Abstract

This study examines the appearance of a journalistic genre, that of Israeli business journalism, as a means of considering the relationship between the appearance of journalistic genres and the emergence of non-journalistic fields. It does so through two complementary theoretical prisms. On the institutional front, it considers the extent to which isomorphism, the tendency in capitalist systems for organizations and individuals to create similar structures and practices, existed. On the discursive front, the newspapers' founding statements and initial editorials were analyzed to identify the ways in which they attempted to construct boundaries that demarcated a legitimate space for finance. The study finds that isomorphism within journalism twinned with boundary work directed outside at its object of reporting contributed to the emergence of financial journalism. The study also expands the conceptual understanding of boundary work's role not only within the journalistic field but also across institutions.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)440-455
Number of pages16
JournalJournalism Studies
Volume14
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 2013

Keywords

  • Israel
  • boundary work
  • finance
  • institutions
  • isomorphism
  • journalism

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Communication

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