Making Online News: The Ethnography of New Media Production, Volume 1

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Chris A. Paterson, David Domingo
Peter Lang, 2008 - Computers - 236 pages
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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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Contents

Why Ethnography?
1
A Constructivist Approach to
15
Ethnographic Media Production Research in a Digital Environment
29
Practice Process
45
Autonomy
61
An Observation Study of
77
Assessing Obstacles to Performing Multimedia
99
Online Journalism Models in Four Catalan
113
Do Online Journalists Belong in the Newsroom? A Belgian Case
143
Ethnography of Newsroom Convergence
157
Transforming Journalism from Gatekeeping
171
The Routines of Blogging
185
Toward a Sociology of Online News
199
References
211
Contributors
229
Copyright

Constrained by Politics Spirited
127

Common terms and phrases

About the author (2008)

The Editors: Chris Paterson (c.paterson@leeds.ac.uk) is a Senior Lecturer with the Institute for Communication Studies at the University of Leeds (UK). In 2004 he coedited International News in the 21st Century. Paterson is an adviser to Newsdesk.org, and is co-founder of the Working Group on Media Production Analysis of the IAMCR. David Domingo (david@dutopia.net) is Visiting Assistant Professor in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Iowa (USA) and Assistant Professor in the Communication Department at Universitat Rovira i Virgili in Tarragona (Catalonia, Spain). His research focuses on the development of online journalists working routines and values, and their adoption of convergence and audience participation. He was president of the Catalan Online Journalism association (www.gpd.cat) from 2004 to 2006. His blog is www.dutopia.net.