Online/offscreen: On changing technology and practices in television journalism

Tamar Ashuri, Atara Frenkel

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Abstract

As televised news content is no longer being solely produced by professionals and consumed by family members staring at the box, the traditional television industry has entered a new era. This article introduces a set of theoretical propositions relating to the industry's responses to such changes and, in particular, to the implementation of networked technologies and social media in television news organizations. The technological frames analytic lens was used to identify journalists' assumptions and expectations about technology use and to explain the outcomes of technological and professional change in the journalistic environment. Through interviews conducted with journalists working for television news desks in Israel, we show that the interviewees' perceptions of the technologies, the role of their organization, and the essence of their profession provide a meaningful explanation of the actual implementation of networked technologies. The findings resolve the contradiction between potential contribution of the emerging technologies and their limited use in journalistic organizations.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)148-165
Number of pages18
JournalConvergence
Volume23
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Apr 2017

Keywords

  • Journalism
  • locative/mobile media
  • networked technologies
  • news organizations
  • social media
  • technological frames
  • television

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