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Reporting Armistice: Grammatical Evidence And Semantic Implications Of Diachronic Context Shifts, Claire Scott Jan 2008

Reporting Armistice: Grammatical Evidence And Semantic Implications Of Diachronic Context Shifts, Claire Scott

Faculty of Arts - Papers (Archive)

Journalists reporting war have increasingly been embedded with military units, especially in the recent Iraq War (e.g. Cottle, 2006: 76; Tumber, 2004). Being ‘on the ground’ amongst the action might suggest that the news produced is more strongly ‘grounded in reality’ than reports constructed in the newsroom from news ‘off the wire’. However, this investigation of seven armistice reports from the Sydney Morning Herald spanning a century (1902-2003) suggests that there has been a gradual shift away from strongly grounded, accountable reporting towards engaging, crafted prose. Across the archive of these texts, the patterning of circumstantial elements reflects shifts ...