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Of what field of journalism are we talking about?

Gislene Silva


To envision the field of journalism as having, or lacking, its own theoretical status, somewhat dependent on conceptual and theoretical paradigms borrowed from the human and social sciences has become an important issue in academic discussions of journalism in Brazil. Tentative demarcations of an autonomous scientific field of research for journalism seem to ignore the ongoing epistemological debate of the bigger field in which journalism is inserted, that of Communication. This article aims at analysing different concepts of field used in this debate criticizing (a) the indiscriminate use of terms such as scientific field, academic field, professional and epistemological fields and (b) the equivocal effort to to reduce the object of study of the Journalism to practices of profession or in promoting fragmentation of its object.


scientific field, journalistic field, theory of journalism, journalism, epistemology

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.11606/issn.1982-8160.v3i1p197-212

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