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Participation or outsourcing?: Some reflections on the space and status of newswork in the digital news ecosystem.
Karlstad University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (starting 2013), Department of Geography, Media and Communication.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-8497-3381
2013 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation only (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

When discussing the contemporary changing media environment, participation is often viewed as a good in and of itself (e.g Rosen 1999, Bruns, Allan 2013) – various forms of citizen participation in various news/journalistic ventures are viewed as a type of fulfillment of the normative ideals of journalism as a democratic institution. Many researchers have noted the limits of such participation, as well as analyzed the problems (of quality, of trustworthiness, of inclusion, etc) inherent in different forms of ‘pro-am’ production of news content and news texts (e.g. Singer et al 2011, Paterson & Domingo 2005, Reich 2008, to mention but a few examples), but the overall perspective on participation is positive.

I am here presenting an alternative view on participation on journalism, arguing that the democratic good of participation can easily become the democratic problem of outsourcing. Today, many forms of journalistic labour are unpaid or paid at very low rates, as well as produced outside the news organization per se: journalistic production is becoming outsourced. Based on existing research on outsourcing and on contemporary journalistic production, I argue that the shift to fluid, casual labor where more of the risk is borne by the individual employee (Benner 2002; Deuze 2007) that is increasingly characterizing news work in the new digital ecosystem will thus have far-reaching consequences for the emergence and continued health of something usually considered to be a key part of journalism as a democratic institution: professional values.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2013.
Keyword [en]
journalism, sociology of work, participatory journalism, outsourcing
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Social Sciences
Research subject
Media and Communication Studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-27493OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kau-27493DiVA, id: diva2:624831
Conference
ESF SCH/SCSS Exploratory Workshop: Mapping the Digital News Ecosystem, Barcelona, May 9-11 2013
Available from: 2013-06-03 Created: 2013-06-03 Last updated: 2017-12-06Bibliographically approved

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