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14 Why Has News Production in the United States Remained Stable at a Time of Great Change?

2. Media Production

4. Production Work and Practices

  1. David Michael Ryfe

Published Online: 28 DEC 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781444361506.wbiems047

The International Encyclopedia of Media Studies

The International Encyclopedia of Media Studies

How to Cite

Ryfe, D. M. 2012. Why Has News Production in the United States Remained Stable at a Time of Great Change?. The International Encyclopedia of Media Studies. 2:4:14.

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 28 DEC 2012

Abstract

This chapter canvases the literature in the sociology of news production for explanations as to why, in the face of great change around them, American newspapers have failed to innovate. It finds three sorts of explanations in this literature: journalists are anchored to habits; they have deep investments in traditional practices and values; and they routinely re-enact long-standing definitions of what journalism is and of what it is for. Each explanation is elucidated through examples taken from the author's recent ethnographic work in several newsrooms.

Keywords:

  • sociology of news;
  • ethnography of news;
  • internet journalism;
  • journalism profession;
  • news production