Discourse analysis in journalism studies


  • Johan Farkas




discourse analysis, journalistic boundaries, journalistic roles, power relations, metajournalistic discourse, discourse theory, critical discourse analysis


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How to Cite

Farkas, J. (2023). Discourse analysis in journalism studies. Journalistica, 17(1). https://doi.org/10.7146/journalistica.v17i1.138573



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