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Follow-up questions in political press conferences
Örebro University, School of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-1089-5819
2011 (English)In: Journal of Pragmatics, ISSN 0378-2166, E-ISSN 1879-1387, Vol. 43, no 14, p. 3331-3344Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The aim of this study is to deepen the understanding of how journalists use follow-up questions in political press conferences. This ambition also involves a critical examination of the previous research on follow-up questions in this context. For the journalists, a press conference is a time when they have the opportunity to hold politicians accountable for their words and actions, which is a task often seen as a core democratic function of journalism. By asking a follow-up, a journalist can pursue an evasive answer and perform this watchdog role. In total, 6 press conferences from 2009 with the Swedish Government have been analyzed, comprising 29 sequences with follow-up questions. The analysis is organized around the following questions: How are follow-up turns related to initial questions and preceding answers? In what kind of situations do journalists perform adversarial actions and pursue the politician with their follow-up turn? What other kinds of actions are performed through follow-up questions? An essential conclusion is that follow-ups are not necessarily such prominent indicators of adversarialness as previous research suggests. Instead, a clear majority, 18 of 29, of follow-up uestions are nonadversarial in character and used for other purposes than challenging the politicians’ answers.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Elsevier, 2011. Vol. 43, no 14, p. 3331-3344
Keywords [en]
Adversarialness, follow-up questions, journalism, press conferences, politics
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Media and Communications
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Media and Communication Studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-20566DOI: 10.1016/j.pragma.2011.07.004ISI: 000297400200003Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-80054693271OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-20566DiVA, id: diva2:465664
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Presskonferenser som offentlig interaktionsarena
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Swedish Research CouncilAvailable from: 2011-12-15 Created: 2011-12-15 Last updated: 2017-12-08Bibliographically approved

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