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Newswork and Precarity

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ISBN 9780367523022
December 31, 2021 Forthcoming by Routledge
240 Pages

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Book Description

This edited collection brings together leading scholars from around the world to discuss the consequences and implications of precarious labor conditions within the modern news industry.

In 14 original chapters, contributors speak to global concerns about journalism across all platforms, based on the assumption that unstable employment conditions affect the extent to which journalists can continue to play their historically crucial role in sustaining democracies. Topics discussed include work conditions for freelancers  and entrepreneurial journalists as well as the risks facing conflict reporters; precarity in media start-ups; unionization and other collective efforts; policies regulating journalistic labor around the world; and the impact of hedge fund money on newswork. Drawing on case studies and data from South America, Africa, the United States, Canada, Mexico, the United Kingdom and continental Europe, the book highlights that media outlets are forcing newsworkers to work harder for less money and few countries are proactive in alleviating the precarity of journalists.

Newswork and Precarity is a valuable addition to an important still-emerging area in journalism studies that will be of interest to both professionals and scholars of journalism, media studies, sociology and labor history.  

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Introduction: Global Precarity’s Uneven Impacts on Journalism: Linda Steiner and Kalyani Chadha


    1. Kalyani Chadha and Linda Steiner: Precarity: The Concept, Evolution, Forms and Applications 
    2. John Nerone: The Labor History of Newswork from Industrialization to the Digital Age
    3. Krishnan Vasudevan: Dead on Arrival: Deadspin’s Fight with its Private Equity Owner and The Rise of Defector

    5. Carey L. Higgins-Dobney: Producing in precarity: A Focus on Freelancing in U.S. Local Television Newsrooms
    6. Lindsay Palmer: The Precarious Labor of Freelance War Correspondents
    7. Cherian George: "All the news that’s fit to print. Except for cartoons. Those things are scary"
    8. Karin Wahl-Jorgensen: Precarity in Community Journalism Start-Ups: The Deep Story of Sacrifice
    9. Sofie Willemsen and Tamara Witschge: "Becoming Real": Professional Precarity in Entrepreneurial Journalism
    10. Part III: Regional and National Particularities

    11. Adriana Amado, Mireya Márquez-Ramírez and Silvio Waisbord: Labor Precarity and Gig Journalism in Latin America
    12. Harry Dugmore: Endogenous "Precarious Professionalism" in African Newswork

    14. Mirjam Gollmitzer: Alleviating or Exacerbating Precarity? How Freelancers in Germany and Canada Experience Policies Regulating Insecure Journalistic labor


  1. Erwin van ‘t Hof and Mark Deuze: Making Precarity Productive
  2. Nicole S. Cohen and Greig de Peuter: Collectively Confronting Journalists’ Precarity through Unionization
  3. Verica Rupar: The Responsibilities of Journalism Educators

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Kalyani Chadha is an associate professor at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism. Her research focuses on the media and journalism landscape in India, media globalization as well as the implications of new media technologies with particular emphasis on international contexts. Her work has appeared in journals such as Journalism Studies, Media, Culture and Society, Journalism Practice and the International Journal of Communication. She serves on the editorial boards of Journalism Practice and Digital Journalism.

Linda Steiner is a professor at the University of Maryland’s Merrill College of Journalism. She studies how and when gender matters in news and newsrooms and how feminists use media. Other research areas include media ethics; journalism history; and citizen journalism. She has co-authored or co-edited nine books, and authored many book chapters and refereed articles. She is currently editor of Journalism & Communication Monographs.