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Metrics at work : journalism and the contested meaning of algorithms

Author: Angèle Christin
Publisher: Princeton ; Oxford : Princeton University Press, 2020 ©2020
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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From Circulation Numbers to Web Analytics: Journalists and their Readers in the United States and France -- Utopian Beginnings: A Tale of Two Websites -- Entering the Chase for Clicks: Transatlantic Convergences -- The Multiple Meanings of Clicks: Journalists and Algorithmic Publics -- The Fast and the Slow: Producing Online News in Real Time -- Between Exposure and Unpaid Work: Compensation and Freelance Careers in
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Additional Physical Format: Erscheint auch als
Christin, Angèle.
Metrics at work.
Princeton : Princeton University Press, 2020
1 Online-Ressource (xiii, 251 Seiten)
Online-Ausgabe
(DE-627)1713964023
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Angèle Christin
ISBN: 9780691175232 0691175233
OCLC Number: 1176496429
Notes: Literaturverzeichnis: Seite 221-246.
Description: xiii, 251 Seiten : Illustrationen
Responsibility: Angèle Christin.

Abstract:

From Circulation Numbers to Web Analytics: Journalists and their Readers in the United States and France -- Utopian Beginnings: A Tale of Two Websites -- Entering the Chase for Clicks: Transatlantic Convergences -- The Multiple Meanings of Clicks: Journalists and Algorithmic Publics -- The Fast and the Slow: Producing Online News in Real Time -- Between Exposure and Unpaid Work: Compensation and Freelance Careers in Online News -- Conclusion.

"Metrics at Work examines how digital metrics and analytics are transforming work practices, professional cultures, and organizational structures in today's economy. The author focuses on journalism, a field that is undergoing massive transformations because of digital technologies. The book follows two news websites with high editorial ambitions, the Paris-based LaPlace and New York City-based TheNotebook, revealing many similarities within each company-their editorial goals, technological tools, and even office furniture among them-as they face growing pressure to attract more traffic and increase their clicks. But beyond these similarities, Metrics at Work uncovers a striking difference between these French and American news sites: the ways in which journalists understand and respond to the analytics. The author draws on four years of ethnographic fieldwork, including over one hundred interviews with American and French journalists, to examine this divergence. While the American journalists routinely disregarded traffic numbers and rely more on the opinion of their peers to define journalistic quality, the French journalists fixated on internet traffic and viewed the numbers as a signal of involvement in the public sphere. Christin offers a cultural explanation, arguing that the historical differences between the two journalistic traditions continue to structure the very different ways that journalists today make sense of audience measurements."

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