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Making Online News

The Ethnography of New Media Production


Chris Paterson and David Domingo

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.
Contents: Nora Paul: Foreword – Chris Paterson: Introduction: Why Ethnography? – David Domingo: Inventing Online Journalism: A Constructivist Approach to the Development of Online News – Roel Puijk: Ethnographic Media Production Research in a Digital Environment – Anthony Cawley: News Production in an Irish Online Newsroom: Practice, Process, and Culture – Edgardo Pablo García: Print and Online Newsrooms in Argentinean Media: Autonomy and Professional Identity – Thorsten Quandt: News Tuning and Content Management: An Observation Study of Old and New Routines in German Online Newsrooms – Jody Brannon: Maximize the Medium: Assessing Obstacles to Performing Multimedia Journalism in Three U.S. Newsrooms – David Domingo: When Immediacy Rules: Online Journalism Models in Four Catalan Online Newsrooms – Johan Lagerkvist: Online Journalism in China: Constrained by Politics, Spirited by Public Nationalism – Vinciane Colson/François Heinderyckx: Do Online Journalists Belong in the Newsroom? A Belgian Case of Convergence – Jane B. Singer: Ethnography of Newsroom Convergence – Axel Bruns: The Active Audience: Transforming Journalism from Gatekeeping to Gatewatching – Wilson Lowrey/John Latta: The Routines of Blogging – Mark Deuze: Epilogue: Toward a Sociology of Online News.