Negotiating Uncertain Claims: Journalism as an inferential community

Eldridge II, S. & Bødker, H., 2018, In : Journalism Studies. 19, 13, p. 1912-1922 11 p.

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Recent developments in the relations between politicians and journalists in the US have (among other things) created a situation where journalists often have to deal with information that is very difficult, even impossible, to verify, yet has potential societal significance that cannot be ignored. This has, we argue, affected how journalists and journalistic outlets relate to each other within what we tentatively term an inferential community. To argue this, we analyze journalistic demonstrations of authority in attempts to establish and connect ‘facts’ related to uncertain claims in two cases of the coverage of the nascent Trump administration. This is, however, not a fully elaborated case study through which we can conclude something broader about contemporary journalism. The paper should rather be seen as a preliminary empirical probe allowing us to focus on a specific issue while proposing a tentative conceptual and analytical frame through which this may be studied in a more sustained and detailed way.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1912-1922
Number of pages11
JournalJournalism Studies
Issue number13
Early online date12-Jul-2018
Publication statusPublished - 2018


  • inference, verifiable/unverifiable information, leaks, journalistic community, journalistic performances

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