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Pablo J. Boczkowski

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780226062792

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: February 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226062785.001.0001

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Monitoring and Imitation in News Production

Monitoring and Imitation in News Production

(p.58) Three Monitoring and Imitation in News Production
News at Work

Pablo J. Boczkowski

University of Chicago Press

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

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