Journalism in a Network

Singer, J. (2011). Journalism in a Network. In: M. Deuze (Ed.), Managing Media Work. (pp. 103-109). California: Sage. ISBN 9781412971249

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The occupation of journalism has changed very dramatically very fast. Until the 1990s, journalists produced content for a single outlet, such as a newspaper or television program, and they produced it in a single format – printed words, say, or sound, or moving images. Most of them worked in stable media industries that, thanks largely to a lucrative advertising-based revenue model, had been highly profitable for decades if not centuries, and they had something close to a monopoly on providing news to the public. Outside the newsroom, almost all their work-related communication was with sources; only rarely did they interact directly with readers, viewers, or listeners.

None of those things is true today.

This chapter surveys changes to journalism since the rise of the internet as a popular medium, as well as the challenges of managing the transition. It touches on shifts in journalists’ tasks, roles and self-perceptions, and occupational culture. The overarching message for those preparing to enter, manage, and study the media workforce is: Be flexible. More change is the only thing you can count on.

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Subjects: P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General)
Divisions: School of Arts > Department of Journalism

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