The Ethnography of Digital Journalism

Authored by: Chris Paterson

The Routledge Companion to Digital Journalism Studies

Print publication date:  October  2016
Online publication date:  November  2016

Print ISBN: 9781138887961
eBook ISBN: 9781315713793
Adobe ISBN:

10.4324/9781315713793-11

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Abstract

Digital journalism has developed as a genre of media production with a variety of characteristics which make it both distinct from and similar to whatever ‘journalism’ had previously been (a matter determined both by whom you ask and what they see as the purpose of this particular form of story-telling). Yet two decades from its advent, we are often constrained in understanding digital news manufacturing (but is it ‘journalism’?) through an entrenched reliance on a remarkable era of newsroom research centered in the 1970s: the tradition of the ethnographic sociology of news production.

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