Digital Technologies and a Changing Profession: New Management Devices, Practices and Power Relations in News Work

Ursula Plesner, Elena Raviola

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Digital technologies are profoundly disturbing not only news delivery, but also the whole organization of news work. The relationship between digital technologies and news has been investigated especially in media and journalism studies. Scholars in these fields have followed the introduction of digital technologies into news work (Ursell, 2001; Pavlik, 2000, 2013; Saltzis and Dickinson, 2008; Meikle and Redden, 2011, Plesner 2010), and dealt with a range of organizational consequences of this development. In studies of news organizations, it has been pointed out that the question of digital technology appropriation is not just important for technical or economic reasons, but because it affects organizational structures, work practices and representations (Boczkowski, 2004). For instance, reporters and editors must manage market pressures and time pressures in new ways (Klinenberg, 2005) due to the technological development towards a convergent newsroom. Two recurrent themes in this stream of literature treat the topics of changed professional identities and changed professional relations – topics that are central to organization studies.
Original languageEnglish
Publication date2015
Number of pages31
Publication statusPublished - 2015
EventThe 31st EGOS Colloquium 2015: Organizations and the Examined Life: Reason, Reflexivity and Responsibility - Athen, Greece
Duration: 2 Jul 20154 Jul 2015
Conference number: 31


ConferenceThe 31st EGOS Colloquium 2015
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