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Photojournalism Disrupted

The View from Australia, 1st Edition

By Helen Caple


128 pages | 33 B/W Illus.

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pub: 2019-06-07
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Photojournalism Disrupted addresses the unprecedented disruptions in photojournalism over the last decade, with a particular focus on the Australian news media context.

Using a mixed methods approach, the book assesses the situation facing press photographers and their employers in the supply of professional imagery for news storytelling. Detailed qualitative case studies looking at special events and crisis reporting complement a longitudinal study of sourcing practices around everyday events. Additionally, interviews with industry professionals offer insights into how news organizations are managing significant structural change. Ultimately, the book argues that photojournalism is being reshaped in line with wider industrial disruptions that have led to the emergence of a highly casualized workforce.

As a comprehensive study of contemporary photojournalism practices, Photojournalism Disrupted is ideal for scholars and students internationally, as well as (photo)journalists and media professionals.

Table of Contents

Chapter One Introduction: A decade of disruption

Chapter Two: Investigating visual sourcing practices: Data and methodology

Chapter Three: Bearing witness to events of national significance

Chapter 4 Everyday photography: Surveying the sourcing of photographs for routine reporting

Chapter Five: The view from the inside: Interviews with industry professionals

Chapter Six Professionals and amateurs: Are we all in this together?

About the Author

Helen Caple is an Australian Research Council DECRA Fellow and Senior Lecturer in Journalism at the University of New South Wales, Australia. Her research interests centre on news photography, text-image relations and discursive news values analysis. She is currently exploring the role of citizen photography in contemporary journalism. Helen has published in the area of photojournalism and social semiotics, including Photojournalism: A Social Semiotic Approach (2013). She is also the co-author (with Monika Bednarek) of two books examining the news media: News Discourse (2012), and The Discourse of News Values (2017).

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.


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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Media Studies