The Structure of the Working Process of Russian Radio Journalists

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Marina Yu. Galkina

PhD in Philology, Researcher, Faculty of Journalism, Lomonosov Moscow State University, Moscow, Russia

e-mail: marina.galkina@mail.ru
Anastasia Yu. Obraztsova

Researcher at the Problem Research Laboratory for Complex Studies of Current Issues of Journalism, Faculty of Journalism, Lomonosov Moscow State University, Moscow, Russia

e-mail: obraztsova.anastasia@gmail.com
Andrei V. Vyrkovsky

Doctor of Philology, Associate Professor at the Chair of Media Theory and Economics, Faculty of Journalism, Lomonosov Moscow State University, Moscow, Russia

e-mail: a.v.vyrkovsky@gmail.com
Sergei A. Vartanov

PhD in Physics and Mathematics, Associate Professor at the Chair of Econometrics and Mathematical Methods in Economics, Moscow School of Economics, Lomonosov Moscow State University, Moscow, Russia

e-mail: sergvart@gmail.com
Alexander V. Kolesnichenko

PhD in Philology, Associate Professor at the Chair of Periodical Press, Faculty of Journalism, Lomonosov Moscow State University, Moscow, Russia

e-mail: april-7@yandex.ru
Sergey S. Smirnov

PhD in Philology, Associate Professor at the Chair of Media Theory and Economics, Faculty of Journalism, Lomonosov Moscow State University, Moscow, Russia

e-mail: smimov_s@rambler.ru
Irina D. Fomicheva

Doctor of Philology, Professor at the Chair of Sociology of Mass Communications, Faculty of Journalism, Lomonosov Moscow State University, Moscow, Russia

e-mail: fomicliira@gmail.com
Mariya B. Vladimirova

PhD in Philosophy, Associate Professor at the Chair of Media Theory and Economics, Faculty of Journalism, Lomonosov Moscow State University, Moscow, Russia

e-mail: tvmar2006@mail.ru

Section: Sociology of Journalism

The article contains the results of a research into the structure of the working process of radio correspondents and editors. The basis of the research was a written survey of newsroom members of leading talk and news/talk FM radio stations. In total, 43 correspondents and 15 editors from 11 stations took part in the survey. The results reveal that the most time-consuming process in correspondents’ daily work is copywriting (an average of 1.8 hours a day), slightly less time they spend editing materials (1.6 hours a day), while reading media (print and online) and surfing the Internet for information take an average of1.3 hours a day. Visiting events and personal communication occupy, in terms of time expenditure, the last places. Such a distribution of working processes makes it possible to conclude that radio correspondents are mostly focused on copywriting and rewriting. They carry out their work mostly in newsrooms using new technologies and professional Internet sources such as databases, stock reports, government websites for producing fast news. Monitoring newsfeeds, reading media news, talking with subordinates and editing texts are the main routine practices of editors, which emphasizes the managerial nature of their work.

Keywords: correspondents, editors, newsroom, processes, work structure, convergence, FM-radio
DOI: 10.30547/vestnik.journ.6.2018.3147

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