Monitoring and Imitation in News Production

Pablo J. Boczkowski

in News at Work

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print September 2010 | ISBN: 9780226062792
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226062785 | DOI:
Monitoring and Imitation in News Production

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This chapter examines issues of monitoring and imitation in the online and print newsrooms of Clarín and La Nacion. The analysis reveals a greater intensity and pervasiveness in the monitoring practices and a larger reliance on technology in these practices among journalists who produce hard news than among their soft-news counterparts. It also reveals that journalists who make hard news utilize the information learned through monitoring to imitate other players in the organizational field significantly more than do their colleagues who make soft news. In addition, the account demonstrates that the monitoring and imitation actions of hard-news journalists sometimes acquire different manifestations depending on whether they work in an online or print newsroom. The changing patterns of technological infrastructures and practices also help to illuminate how monitoring and imitation emerge at the intersection of situated practices and contextual structures.

Keywords: news production; monitoring; imitation; online news; print media; Clarín; La Nacion; journalists; newsroom

Chapter.  10924 words. 

Subjects: Sociology

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