The elective affinity between elite economic journalists and mainstream economists in Brazil
This article explores the ties between elite economic journalists and mainstream economists in Brazil. It does so by investigating the influence of mainstream economists on journalists careers, and therewith, on Brazils public discussion. Using mixed methods, we study the main achievements that help to explain economic journalists position. We present a multiple correspondence analysis of 30 elite economic journalists and 23 who are from the same cohort but are not in elite positions. Elaborating on 58 interviews, we explore the fields professional dynamic, examining the sources that produce scoops, how journalists formed their economic perspectives, and how economic sources link to the press. We find that there are two elites of economic journalists in Brazil with different career paths. Although careers among elite journalists might diverge, there is a manifest elective affinity between them and financial elites. Key economic journalists reached elite positions by sharing the doxa of mainstream economists. Journalists that worked in the Central Bank, economic ministers or private banks tended to rise in their professional careers. The familiarity with key financial agents of non-elite journalists, by contrast, is more limited. The article concludes by discussing the implications of this elective affinity for the public sphere in Brazil.
Información de Publicación
Institución: Universidad Alberto HurtadoFacultad: Ciencias SocialesUnidad: Sociología
Pedroso Neto, Antonio Jose
Institución: Universidad Federal de TocantinsFacultad: Comunicación y SociedadUnidad: Sociología
Journalism Studies, Routledge, Taylor and Francis Group