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Journalism Between the State and the Market

1st Edition

By Helle Sjøvaag


114 pages

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Using the Nordic media model as an empirical backdrop, Journalism Between the State and the Market defines and analyzes journalism’s fundamental problem: its shifting location between the state and the market.

This book examines how this distance is decreasing as journalism steps closer to both the market (algorithmically monetizing audiences) and the state (lobbying governments for subsidies and attacking public service broadcasting). The book analyzes journalism’s negotiated position between the market and the state in the age of disruptions, offering a theoretical foundation that seeks to account for the structural conditions of journalism in the digital age.

For scholars, graduates and students in journalism, news sociology and media and communication studies, Journalism Between the State and the Market provides a theoretical perspective that can be used as a valuable tool when studying and observing the current developments in journalism.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Journalism’s problem

Chapter 2 Between the state and the market

Chapter 3 The Scandinavian media system

Chapter 4 Too close to the state

Chapter 5 Too close to the market

Chapter 6 Conclusions

About the Author

Helle Sjøvaag is Professor of Journalism at the University of Stavanger, Norway. Her research areas include digital journalism, media diversity and media systems and regulation. Sjøvaag has published extensively in international journals, including Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly; Media, Culture & Society; Journalism Studies; Convergence;and Journal of Media Business Studies. Sjøvaag’s most recent book is the co-edited anthology Journalism Re-examined: Digital Challenges and Professional Reorientations: Lessons from Northern Europe.

About the Series


Studies in Digital Journalism

The Disruptions: Studies in Digital Journalism series features ground breaking short form publications which engage with cutting edge technological and critical developments and debates in contemporary digital journalism theory and practice. Titles in the series explore emerging hot topics, present detailed case studies and offer new assessments of theoretical and conceptual innovations in relation to subjects including digital journalism ethics, robot news, data journalism, web metrics and online surveillance. Titles respond quickly to the latest developments in the field and showcase the work of best new and established critical thinkers in this vibrant and emerging area.


For more information on submitting a proposal for the series, please contact Bob Franklin at [email protected]

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Media Studies