Making Online News: The Ethnography of New Media Production

Overview

By analyzing the daily work of online journalists, this book investigates the production of online news: how it differs from traditional media production, and its consequences for the character and quality of online news. It advocates revitalization of the ethnographic methodologies of sociologists who entered newsrooms in the 1970s and 1980s, while simultaneously exploring new theoretical frameworks to better understand the evolution of online journalism and how newsrooms deal with innovation and change. This ...
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Overview

By analyzing the daily work of online journalists, this book investigates the production of online news: how it differs from traditional media production, and its consequences for the character and quality of online news. It advocates revitalization of the ethnographic methodologies of sociologists who entered newsrooms in the 1970s and 1980s, while simultaneously exploring new theoretical frameworks to better understand the evolution of online journalism and how newsrooms deal with innovation and change. This collection fills a gap in the field by offering ethnographic descriptions from sites of online news production in many countries, and provides insider perspectives on the real practices and values of new media production, documenting how these often differ from the claims of both producers and theorists.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781433102134
  • Publisher: Lang, Peter Publishing, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/28/2008
  • Series: Digital Formations Series
  • Pages: 248
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword Nora Paul Paul, Nora

Introduction Why Ethnography? Chris Paterson Paterson, Chris 1

Pt. 1 Researching the Changing Nature of Media Production

1 Inventing Online Journalism: A Constructivist Approach to the Development of Online News David Domingo Domingo, David 15

2 Ethnographic Media Production Research in a Digital Environment Roel Puijk Puijk, Roel 29

Pt. 2 New Media, New Routines?

3 News Production in an Irish Online Newsroom: Practice, Process, and Culture Anthony Cawley Cawley, Anthony 45

4 Print and Online Newsrooms in Argentinean Media: Autonomy and Professional Identity Edgardo Pablo Garcia Garcia, Edgardo Pablo 61

5 News Tuning and Content Management: An Observation Study of Old and New Routines in German Online Newsrooms Thorsten Quandt Quandt, Thorsten 77

6 Maximize the Medium: Assessing Obstacles to Performing Multimedia Journalism in Three U.S. Newsrooms Jody Brannon Brannon, Jody 99

7 When Immediacy Rules: Online Journalism Models in Four Catalan Online Newsrooms David Domingo Domingo, David 113

8 Online Journalism in China: Constrained by Politics, Spirited by Public Nationalism Johan Lagerkvist Lagerkvist, Johan 127

9 Do Online Journalists Belong in the Newsroom? A Belgian Case of Convergence Vinciane Colson Colson, Vinciane Francois Heinderyckx Heinderyckx, Francois 143

Pt. 3 Reinventing Journalism?

10 Ethnography of Newsroom Convergence Jane B. Singer Singer, Jane B. 157

11 The Active Audience: Transforming Journalism from Gatekeeping to Gatewatching Axel Bruns Bruns, Axel 171

12 The Routines of Blogging Wilson Lowrey Lowrey, Wilson John Latta Latta, John 185

Epilogue: Toward a Sociology ofOnline News Mark Deuze Deuze, Mark 199

References 211

Contributors 229

Index 233

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