Detached or Interventionist? Comparing the Performance of Watchdog Journalism in Transitional, Advanced and Non-democratic Countries

  title={Detached or Interventionist? Comparing the Performance of Watchdog Journalism in Transitional, Advanced and Non-democratic Countries},
  author={Mireya M{\'a}rquez-Ram{\'i}rez and Claudia Mellado and Mar{\'i}a Luisa Humanes and Adriana Amado and Daniel Beck and Sergey G. Davydov and Jacques Mick and Cornelia Mothes and Dasniel Olivera and Nikos Panagiotu and Sergio Daniel Roses and Henry Silke and Colin Sparks and Agnieszka Stępińska and Gabriella Katalin Szab{\'o} and Edson C. Tandoc and Haiyan Wang},
  journal={The International Journal of Press/Politics},
  pages={53 - 75}
  • Mireya Márquez-Ramírez, C. Mellado, Haiyan Wang
  • Published 1 January 2020
  • Political Science
  • The International Journal of Press/Politics
This study proposes the interventionist and the detached orientations to watchdog journalism through the conceptual lens of journalistic role performance. Based on a content analysis of 33,640 news stories from sixty-four media outlets in eighteen countries, we measure and compare both orientations across different countries using three performative aspects of monitoring: intensity of scrutiny, voice of the scrutiny, and source of the event. Our findings show that the interventionist approach… 

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