1st Edition

Journalism Between Disruption and Resilience Reflections on the Norwegian Experience

By Birgit Røe Mathisen Copyright 2023
    130 Pages 4 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Following recent developments in digital technologies, financial crises, and changes in audience preferences, this book addresses the critical challenges and disruptions facing the profession of journalism: an arguably precarious industry suffering from employment insecurity, individualization, and loss of autonomy.

    Drawing on research from the Norwegian and Nordic media landscape, Journalism Between Disruption and Resilience elaborates on how boundary struggles between journalism and other forms of content, such as marketing and public relations, have become blurred, while social distinctions within the profession are deepened and exacerbated by downsizing and cutbacks in newsrooms and their journalistic staffs. The impact of these developments on the institutional and democratic role of journalism in society is discussed alongside the tensions between professional autonomy and precarious work. Expanding upon several earlier research studies, grounded in the sociology of professions and freelance work, this book provides a new theoretical framework from which to addressjournalistic precarity and the role of journalism in society.

    This is an insightful study for advanced students and researchers in the areas of professional journalism, journalism education, and media industries including marketing and public relations.

    Chapter 1: Journalism among destruction and resilience Birgit Røe Mathisen

    Chapter 2: Journalism as a profession and institution Birgit Røe Mathisen

    Chapter 3: A shifting professional landscape Paul Bjerke, Birgitte Kjos Fonn and Birgit Røe Mathisen

    Chapter 4: High job satisfaction but a precarious future: the doubled edged nature of freelancing Birgit Røe Mathisen and Anders Graver Knudsen

    Chapter 5: At the other end of precarity: Profiled columnists as branded goods Birgit Røe Mathisen and Lisbeth Morlandstø

    Chapter 6: Both change and stability Birgit Røe Mathisen


    Birgit Røe Mathisen is Professor at the School of Journalism, Nord University, Bodø, Norway. Her research interests lie primarily within the profession of journalism, local journalism, media, and democracy. Before entering academic work, she worked as a journalist for 20 years.