Subjectivity as a Journalistic Ideal
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Original versionSteensen S: Subjectivity as a Journalistic Ideal. In: Fonn BK, Hornmoen H, Hyde-Clarke N, Hågvar YB. Putting a Face on it: Individual Exposure and Subjectivity in Journalism , 2017. Cappelen Damm Akademisk p. 25-47
This chapter discusses different notions of subjectivity as an ideal in journalism and relates them to epistemological philosophy from Descartes to Foucault. The chapter argues that subjectivity – once a dominant ideal in journalism – again is rising in significance, and that there therefore exists a need to better understand what subjectivity as an ideal is, and can be, to journalism. The chapter argues for a distinction between byline subjectivity (the journalist’s subjectivity) and source subjectivity and discusses four different notions of subjectivity in journalism: moral, political, existential and fragmented. The chapter concludes that subjectivity should not be considered as something that opposes and obstructs objectivity; rather it should be viewed as a prerequisite for objectivity.