When Supply and Demand Do Not Meet: The Divergent Online News Preferences of Journalists and Readers and What They Mean for the Future of Media and Democracy
Speaker: Pablo J. Boczkowski, Professor, Media, Technology and Society, Northwestern University
Time & Place: Friday, October 1st, 2010, 12:30-1:45 pm; RTV226
In this talk I will report on a series of studies that bridge my recently published book, News at Work: Imitation in an Age of Information Abundance (University of Chicago Press, 2010) and a new book that I am writing during the current academic year. These studies focus on the existence and magnitude of a thematic gap between the news that journalists who work at elite online news sites consider the most newsworthy ones and the stories that attract most attention among audience of these sites; the factors that shape this gap; and, what this gap means for the economic viability of these news organizations and the quality of democratic life.
Additional information about Pablo's new book:
News at Work: Imitation in an Age of Information Abundance, University of Chicago Press.
From the jacket:
"Before news organizations began putting their content online, people got the news in print or on TV and almost always outside of the workplace. But nowadays, most of us keep an eye on the headlines from our desks at work, and we have become accustomed to instant access to a growing supply of constantly updated stories on the Web. This change in the amount of news available as well as how we consume it has been coupled with an unexpected development in editorial labor: rival news organizations can now keep tabs on the competition and imitate them, resulting in a decrease in the diversity of the news. Peeking inside the newsrooms where journalists create stories and the work settings where the public reads them, Pablo J. Boczkowski reveals why journalists contribute to the growing similarity of news—even though they dislike it—and why consumers acquiesce to a media system they find increasingly dissatisfying. Comparing and contrasting two newspapers in Buenos Aires with similar developments in the United States, News at Work offers an enlightening perspective on living in a world with more information but less news."
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