News production in Greece : journalists, newspapers and the Internet
In this work, the various factors influencing the production of news analysed in the international news theory writings acted as a base for in-depth examination of the Greek newspaper and news Internet market. Influences on news writings were found to range from politics, economics and news media ownership, to newsroom organisation, journalistic practices and routines, ethics, journalist-sourcer elations and social stereotypes. From the history of the Greek newspaper market, it is made clear that the evolution of journalism and the newspaper market was directly affected by political developments in which party politics always played a dominant role. Similarly, the evolution of the human factor was marked by the country's particularities, some of which are deeply associated with today's distortions and inefficiencies in the journalism profession. The close examination of Greek newspaper journalists brought into surface particular aspects of the profession, such as daily professional tasks, routines and practices, which along with the analysis of newspapers internal organisational environmental s well as of external pressures, have offered a valuable insight of the major influences on news and its making. The primary aim was to approach journalists and newsroom processes in order to define the degree to which the quality of human resources and the power of news organisations influence the way journalism is practiced in Greece. In this framework, the extensive analysis of economic and business reporting offered a view of how Greek journalists actively participated in the bull-bear situation in the Greek stock exchange in the late 1990s. Finally, analysing news making processes in some of the largest Greek Internet news sites revealed significant drawbacks towards the creation of a new type of journalism. The limited will and ability of local digital newsrooms to explore the particular aspects of web journalism, in combination with the traditional deficiencies of professional journalism in the country synthesise an environment that lacks innovation and dynamism.