Journalism and digital labour: experiences of online news production

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This book investigates journalists’ work practices, professional ideologies, and the power relations that impact their work, arguing that reporters’ lives and livelihoods are shaped by digital technologies and new modes of capital accumulation

Tai Nelson weaves together ethnographic approaches and critical theories of digital labor. Journalists’ experiences are at the heart of the book, which is based on interviews with news workers from Aotearoa New Zealand and the United States. The book also adopts a critical approach to the political economy of news across global and local contexts, digital start-ups, legacy media, nonprofits, and public service organizations. Each chapter features key debates illustrated by journalists’ personal narratives.

This book will be of great interest to researchers and students of journalism, media studies, the sociology of work, and political economy of communication, critical media and communication studies, cultural studies and labour studies.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationLondon ; New York
PublisherRoutledge, Taylor and Francis Group
Number of pages156
ISBN (Electronic)9780429266096
ISBN (Print)9780367217891
Publication statusPublished - 2021

Publication series

NameRoutledge Research in Journalism


  • journalism
  • digital labor
  • digital media
  • Media and Communication
  • news
  • political economy


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