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

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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 promoter’s 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.
Original languageEnglish
Article number4
Pages (from-to)25-37
Number of pages13
JournalThe International Journal of the Image
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2014


  • Cultural Journalism
  • Music Stars
  • Photojournalism
  • Culture


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