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  • Paperback: 264 pages
  • Publisher: MIT Press; New Ed edition (15 Feb. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0262524392
  • ISBN-13: 978-0262524391
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.5 x 22.9 cm
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-- Walter W. Powell, Stanford University

-- Susan J. Douglas, University of Michigan

-- William H. Dutton, Director, Oxford Internet Institute

-- Joseph Turow, Robert Lewis Shayon Professor of Communication, Annenberg School For Communication, University of Pennsylvania

-- Susan Leigh Star, Professor of Communication, University of California, San Diego, coauthor of Sorting Things Out: Classification and Its Consequences

" In "Digitizing the News," Pablo Boczkowski's keen eye for organizational detail, insistence on the importance of history, and rich appreciation for scholarly ideas combine to produce an astute investigation of the way newspapers have confronted the challenge of the World Wide Web." -- Joseph Turow, Robert Lewis Shayon Professor of Communication, Annenberg School For Communication, University of Pennsylvania

" Finally, a study that moves beyond the early, deterministic hype about the revolutionary effects of the Internet and instead adopts a more evolutionary, actor-based approach to explore how established media adopt and respond to new communications technologies. "Digitizing the News" is a very important study of the newsroom and news routines in transition, and a smart, nuanced account of the often contradictory nature of technological change within organizations and, indeed, within society at large." -- Susan J. Douglas, University of Michigan

" "Digitizing the News" is a rich, nuanced account of the divergent ways that established print media reacted to new digital technologies. Reluctant to relinquish their gatekeeping role and the dominant logic of 'we publish, consumers read, ' newspapers were slow to accommodate non-print forms of information delivery. Boczkowski shows how these decisions were shaped by both the politics of newsrooms and differing conceptions of the audience. This lively book deserves attention from students of technology and the media." -- Walter W. Powell, Stanford University

" "Digitizing the News" shows how dramatic innovations can unfold from the coevolution of social and technical choices made over several decades. Putting the news online is changing the production, editing, and consumption of news in ways that shape content in significant ways. How different enterprises have made these choices around the Internet and the news has created a variety of paths to the future of electronic news media. Students in the social sciences and humanities, particularly within communication and journalism, will value this book, which illustrates how research on new media can inform, and be informed by, social studies of science and technology." -- William H. Dutton, Director, Oxford Internet Institute

" This book is a real gem. It has the makings of a classic, and there is not much else out there like it. I would say that it is a major contribution to the new field of 'infrastructure studies.' As such, it will be read by scholars interested in the history of communication, information science, journalism, and communication theory. It's also a good read: Boczkowski tells his story so that the introduction of the digital newspaper becomes an integral part of the growth of the Internet and its associated publics. It will doubtless have a large impact on the social study of technology and its associated communication processes." -- Susan Leigh Star, Professor of Communication, University of California, San Diego, coauthor of Sorting Things Out: Classification and Its Consequences

& quot; In Digitizing the News, Pablo Boczkowski's keen eye for organizational detail, insistence on the importance of history, and rich appreciation for scholarly ideas combine to produce an astute investigation of the way newspapers have confronted the challenge of the World Wide Web.& quot; -- Joseph Turow, Robert Lewis Shayon Professor of Communication, Annenberg School For Communication, University of Pennsylvania

& quot; Finally, a study that moves beyond the early, deterministic hype about the revolutionary effects of the Internet and instead adopts a more evolutionary, actor-based approach to explore how established media adopt and respond to new communications technologies. Digitizing the News is a very important study of the newsroom and news routines in transition, and a smart, nuanced account of the often contradictory nature of technological change within organizations and, indeed, within society at large.& quot; -- Susan J. Douglas, University of Michigan

& quot; This book is a real gem. It has the makings of a classic, and there is not much else out there like it. I would say that it is a major contribution to the new field of 'infrastructure studies.' As such, it will be read by scholars interested in the history of communication, information science, journalism, and communication theory. It's also a good read: Boczkowski tells his story so that the introduction of the digital newspaper becomes an integral part of the growth of the Internet and its associated publics. It will doubtless have a large impact on the social study of technology and its associated communication processes.& quot; -- Susan Leigh Star, Professor of Communication, University of California, San Diego, coauthor of Sorting Things Out: Classification and Its Consequences

& quot; Digitizing the News shows how dramatic innovations can unfold from the coevolution of social and technical choices made over several decades. Putting the news online is changing the production, editing, and consumption of news in ways that shape content in significant ways. How different enterprises have made these choices around the Internet and the news has created a variety of paths to the future of electronic news media. Students in the social sciences and humanities, particularly within communication and journalism, will value this book, which illustrates how research on new media can inform, and be informed by, social studies of science and technology.& quot; -- William H. Dutton, Director, Oxford Internet Institute

"In "Digitizing the News," Pablo Boczkowski's keen eye for organizational detail, insistence on the importance of history, and rich appreciation for scholarly ideas combine to produce an astute investigation of the way newspapers have confronted the challenge of the World Wide Web." --Joseph Turow, Robert Lewis Shayon Professor of Communication, Annenberg School For Communication, University of Pennsylvania

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"This book is a real gem. It has the makings of a classic, and there is not much else out there like it. I would say that it is a major contribution to the new field of 'infrastructure studies.' As such, it will be read by scholars interested in the history of communication, information science, journalism, and communication theory. It's also a good read: Boczkowski tells his story so that the introduction of the digital newspaper becomes an integral part of the growth of the Internet and its associated publics. It will doubtless have a large impact on the social study of technology and its associated communication processes."--Susan Leigh Star, Professor of Communication, University of California, San Diego, coauthor of Sorting Things Out: Classification and Its Consequences

""Digitizing the News" is a rich, nuanced account of the divergent ways that established print media reacted to new digital technologies. Reluctant to relinquish their gatekeeping role and the dominant logic of 'we publish, consumers read, ' newspapers were slow to accommodate non-print forms of information delivery. Boczkowski shows how these decisions were shaped by both the politics of newsrooms and differing conceptions of the audience. This lively book deserves attention from students of technology and the media."--Walter W. Powell, Stanford University

"In "Digitizing the News", Pablo Boczkowski's keen eye for organizational detail, insistence on the importance of history, and rich appreciation for scholarly ideas combine to produce an astute investigation of the way newspapers have confronted the challenge of the World Wide Web."--Joseph Turow, Robert Lewis Shayon Professor of Communication, Annenberg School For Communication, University of Pennsylvania

"Finally, a study that moves beyond the early, deterministic hype about the revolutionary effects of the Internet and instead adopts a more evolutionary, actor-based approach to explore how established media adopt and respond to new communications technologies. "Digitizing the News" is a very important study of the newsroom and news routines in transition, and a smart, nuanced account of the often contradictory nature of technological change within organizations and, indeed, within society at large."--Susan J. Douglas, University of Michigan

""Digitizing the News" shows how dramatic innovations can unfold from the coevolution of social and technical choices made over several decades. Putting the news online is changing the production, editing, and consumption of news in ways that shape content in significant ways. How different enterprises have made these choices around the Internet and the news has created a variety of paths to the future of electronic news media. Students in the social sciences and humanities, particularly within communication and journalism, will value this book, which illustrates how research on new media can inform, and be informed by, social studies of science and technology."--William H. Dutton, Director, Oxford Internet Institute

About the Author

Pablo Boczkowski is Associate Professor in the Departments of Communication Studies and Sociology at Northwestern University.

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One of the best pieces of research into online journalism I've read (with possibly one of the dullest covers).
Boczkowski spent time in the online newsrooms of three newspapers: the New York Times technology section; the Houston Chronicle's Virtual Voyager project; and New Jersey Online's Community Connection inititative. Whether by design or accident, the sample conveniently crosses three different types of online journalism - the transferrence of print to online; experiments in multimedia storytelling; and user-generated content.
Rather than adopt a strictly journalistic theoretical framework, Boczkowski draws on media theory, technology theory, and organisational theory to produce an analysis that steers refreshingly clear of the technological determinism that normally characterises writing on online journalism (e.g. the "citizen journalism will make all journalists redundant" hype).
In conclusion, Boczkowksi questions the assertion of Gieber (1964) that news "is what newspapermen [sic] make it":
"the news in the online environment is what those contributing to its production make it [...] at least two transformations appear to distinguish the production of new-media news from the typical case of print and broadcast media: the news seems to be shaped by a greater and more varied groups of actors, and this places a premium on the practices that coordinate productive activities across these groups. This, in turn, seems to influence the content and form of online news in three ways. The news moves from being mostly journalist-centred, communicated as a monologue, and primarily local, to also being increasingly audience-centred, part of multiple conversations, and micro-local.
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