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Title: Studying journalists in changing times: understanding news work as socially-situated practice
Authors: Dickinson, R.
Matthews, J.
Saltzis, Kostas
First Published: Feb-2013
Publisher: SAGE Publications
Citation: International Communication Gazette, Forthcoming February 2013 (Special Issue on Changing Journalistic Practices)
Abstract: Industry insiders and media academics often voice unease about the transformations taking place in the global news industry. Despite its usefulness in drawing attention to the twists and turns of organizational change and innovation in news production, much of the research on this topic shows less interest in journalists’ situated experience than is helpful. This article suggests that academic attention might be usefully refocused to the changing nature and experiences of journalists as they encounter the changes taking place in their industry. Such a focus can be justified on theoretical grounds: the implications of change in the news industry for its traditional democratic role cannot be understood without understanding in detail what journalists do and how they do it. While acknowledging that news production takes place in the context of competitive commercial enterprise, the authors argue that fruitful avenues for empirical enquiry can be opened up by adopting a more practice-centred analysis. The article concludes by introducing recent research that joins this pursuit.
ISSN: 1748-0485
eISSN: 1748-0493
Embargo on file until: 1-Jan-10000
Version: Post-print
Status: Peer-reviewed
Type: Journal Article
Rights: Copyright © The Authors 2013. Deposited with reference to the publisher's archiving policy available on the SHERPA/RoMEO website.
Description: Co-editors' introduction of Special Issue on 'Changing Journalistic Practices'. Embargo length currently unknown. The article is still in press. It is expected to appear in February 2013 and will have a 12 month embargo on availability of the full text once it has been published.
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