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Journalism and Digital Labor
Experiences of Online News Production

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ISBN 9780367217891
December 29, 2020 Forthcoming by Routledge
176 Pages

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Book Description

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 and communication, cultural studies, and the sociology of work.

Table of Contents

Introduction: The Digital Reporter  1. Global Changes and National News 2. The Digitization of Journalism  3. The Entrepreneurial Journalist and Subjectivities of Digital Labor 4. Social Media Metrics and the Reified Journalist  5. The News Machine 6. Unionizing Digital Newsrooms   Conclusion: Writing for Algorithms  Afterword: The Ideology Problem

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Tai Neilson is a lecturer in media at Macquarie University, Sydney. His areas of expertise include the political economy of digital media and critical cultural theory. Tai has published work on journalism and digital media in Journalism, Triple-C, Fast Capitalism, and the Global Media Journal. He is a co-editor of the book Research Methods for the Digital Humanities. Tai earned his PhD in Cultural Studies from George Mason University in Virginia. He also has an MA in Sociology from the New School for Social Research in New York and a BA (Hons) from Victoria University of Wellington.


"All journalists are today digital workers operating in media organisations that have experienced the structural transformation towards digital capitalism. Tai Neilson’s book is an excellent study of digital journalists’ labour in digital capitalism. He shows how the digitalisation of journalism has in the context of capitalism been confronted by the intensification of exploitation, the reification of journalists’ work, and the ideology of entrepreneurship. This book is an essential work and a must-read for anyone who cares about a democratic public sphere and wants to understand digital journalism."

-- Christian Fuchs, University of Westminster, UK