News at work : imitation in an age of information abundance /

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Author / Creator:Boczkowski, Pablo J.
Imprint:Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 2010.
Description:xviii, 252 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Language:English
Subject:Online journalism -- Argentina.
News audiences -- Argentina.
News audiences.
Online journalism.
Argentina.
Format: Print Book
URL for this record:http://pi.lib.uchicago.edu/1001/cat/bib/8137749
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ISBN:9780226062792 (cloth : alk. paper)
0226062791 (cloth : alk. paper)
9780226062808 (pbk. : alk. paper)
0226062805 (pbk. : alk. paper)
Notes:Includes bibliographical references and index.
Review by Choice Review

Finding hard news content in an online environment characterized more by breadth and volume than by depth and diversity, Boczkowski (Northwestern Univ.) argues that aversion to navigating stories on the Web--along with the increasing consumption of journalism at work (instead of at leisure)--reduces the consumer's interest in lengthier news coverage and fosters homogeneous content. He derives these findings from studies conducted in the US and Argentina from 2005 to 2007, but he continues the review of mostly English-language literature into 2010. The author makes consistently good use of citations and provides a helpful subject index. This volume is an interesting companion to Boczkowski's Digitizing the News: Innovation in Online Newspapers (CH, Sep'04, 42-0120). Both books are commendably attentive to journalism's workplace dynamics. However, the earlier study was more optimistic about the social implications of the changes within the news business during the digital age. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Upper-division undergraduates through faculty. R. A. Logan emeritus, University of Missouri--Columbia

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