A Portrait of Music Stars in the Media: A Study about Portuguese Newspapers

By Carla Maria Batista and Teresa Mendes Flores.

Published by The International Journal of the Image

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This article addresses the changes in journalistic cultural coverage, discussing how professional reporting practices and narratives are becoming more intertwined with marketing strategies and event promoters' goals. Using content analysis to map the evolution of Portuguese cultural journalism during the first decade of the 21st century, and socio-semiotic analysis to argue about the visual representation of three different music stars – the rock band U2, the artist John Lennon, and the classical piano player Maria João Pires – we question what kind of ethical professional dilemmas arise when an impoverished and diminishing cultural coverage is increasingly based on celebrity values and mythical visual representations.

Keywords: Cultural Journalism, Music Stars, Culture, Photojournalism

The International Journal of the Image, Volume 5, Issue 2, August 2014, pp.25-37. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published online: August 21, 2014 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 816.240KB)).

Carla Maria Batista

Assistant Professor, Department of Communication Sciences, Faculty of Human and Social Sciences, University Nova of Lisbon, Lisbon, Portugal

Teresa Mendes Flores

Assistant Professor/Post-doctoral Student, Department of Communication Sciences and Culture, Lusophone University of Humanities and Technologies, Lisbon, Portugal