Making Online News

The Ethnography of New Media Production

by Chris Paterson (Volume editor) David Domingo (Volume editor)
©2008 Others XII, 236 Pages
Series: Digital Formations, Volume 49


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.


XII, 236
ISBN (Hardcover)
ISBN (Softcover)
Journalismus Internet Online media New production routine Convergence Participatory journalism Online journalism
New York, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt am Main, Oxford, Wien, 2008. XII, 236 pp.

Biographical notes

Chris Paterson (Volume editor) David Domingo (Volume editor)

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.


Title: Making Online News