“But then the war started”: The value of diversity in editorial practices during times of war and crisis

„I wtedy zaczęła się wojna”: wartość różnorodności w praktykach redakcyjnych podczas wojny i kryzysu

| Anna Jupowicz-Ginalska

ORCID: Anna Jupowicz-Ginalska: 0000-0002-7016-0427

ORCID: Greta Gober: 0000-0002-5387-6431

ORCID: Greta Gober: 0000-0002-5387-6431

Pages: 175-196

Edition: Lublin 2023

DOI: https://doi.org/10.36874/RIESW.2023.2.9

Citation method: G. Gober, A. Jupowicz-Ginalska, “But then the war started”: The value of diversity in editorial practices during times of war and crisis, „Rocznik Instytutu Europy Środkowo-Wschodniej” 21 (2023), z. 2, s. 175-196, DOI: https://doi.org/10.36874/RIESW.2023.2.9

Abstract: In this article, we analyse the impact of disruptive media events on the perceived value of diversity in editorial practices, with a specific focus on the Polish media debate following the onset of the Ukrainian-Russian war in February 2022. We do this based on a unique dataset derived from in-depth interviews with eight editors representing four different newsrooms conducted before, immediately after, and approximately one year after the start of the war. Our research answers the question of whether newsrooms can defend the value of diversity during the coverage of war and crisis. We also assess the impact of the changed geopolitical context, characterised by nation-building mobilisation and public sentiments of solidarity with Ukrainians, on editorial decisions to mute, delay, or opt out of publishing certain stories. We contribute to research on the epistemologies of journalistic news production during times of crisis, news diversity, and the role of the media in democratic societies.

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