Rebuilding the News: Metropolitan Journalism in the Digital Age

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News is delivered to the public in a variety of formats and mediums. Anderson (media culture, Coll. of Staten Island, CUNY) explores whether and how emerging online news has changed the practice of reporting. Using a variety of research techniques including ethnography, social-network analysis, and archival content research, he takes an in-depth look at one city (Philadelphia) to study changes in journalism from the 1990s to the present. He examines what he calls the media ecosystem to study how the transformation of the news environment has affected the work of journalists, discussing changes in reporters' conceptions of the local public, the different definitions and practices of reporting among professional journalists and other news gatherers, the slowness of newsrooms to innovate, the failure of news organizations to collaborate, and the "slow motion collapse" of the current work model of journalism. A detailed methodology appendix is included. VERDICT Scholars in journalism and organization sociology will appreciate Anderson's meticulous methodology and his analysis of the responses of journalists and news organizations to a rapidly changing environment.—Judy Solberg, Seattle Univ. Lib.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781439909331
  • Publisher: Temple University Press
  • Publication date: 1/18/2013
  • Pages: 218
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.80 (d)

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C. W. Anderson is an Assistant Professor of Media Culture at the College of Staten Island (City University of New York). He has published in numerous academic journals and writes occasionally for the Nieman Journalism Lab and the Atlantic Online. He has contributed chapters to edited volumes including The Social Media Reader, Making Our Media, Making Online News, and the Journalism Studies Handbook.
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