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Title: The Swiss video journalist: Issues of agency and autonomy in news production
Authors: Dickinson, Roger D.
Bigi, Hugo
First Published: Aug-2009
Publisher: SAGE Publications
Citation: Journalism, 2009, 10 (4), pp. 509-526.
Abstract: Using the case of Swiss video journalists as an example this article examines how the structure-agency problem is reflected in the professional practice of contemporary news production. The trend in journalism and in news work in general is reportedly towards declining autonomy and increasing workplace alienation, hastened by the introduction of new production technologies. Evidence from a study of Swiss video journalists suggests that the impact of such change may not have the anticipated, wholly negative, consequences for news workers. The article concludes by suggesting that while it is difficult to see video journalists as skilled strategists contesting control in the increasingly market-oriented environment, neither can they be readily characterized as victims of commercialism enjoying little workplace autonomy. These extremes may exist among journalists as a whole, but the evidence indicates that professional practice in the world of the video journalist is the product of both the structure of their employment and their individual agency.
DOI Link: 10.1177/1464884909104953
ISSN: 1464-8849
eISSN: 1741-3001
Version: Post-print
Status: Peer-reviewed
Type: Journal Article
Rights: Copyright © 2009 the Authors. Deposited with reference to the publisher's archiving policy available on the SHERPA/RoMEO website.
Appears in Collections:Published Articles, Dept. of Media and Communication

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