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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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The Homogenization of News Products

The Homogenization of News Products

(p.83) Four The Homogenization of News Products
News at Work

Pablo J. Boczkowski

University of Chicago Press

This chapter discusses homogenization of news products. It reveals the consequences of imitation in journalistic work for the resulting news products. All cases of content overlap in the print newspapers and nearly all in the online newspapers had to do with hard news. This is a clear expression of the divergent logics of hard- and soft-news production and, especially, the much higher prevalence of monitoring and imitation in the former than in the latter. A glance at the main findings regarding content overlap in hard news across the three levels of analysis reveals a homogenization of print products over time and strong evidence for homogeneity of both print and online news in the contemporary context. Further analysis shows the power of the production dynamics to generate substantive field-level effects for the resulting news product outcomes.

Keywords:   print products, news production, homogenization, print media, online news, imitation

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