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Title: Friend, foe or frenemy? Traditional journalism actors’ changing attitudes towards peripheral players and their innovations
Authors: Chua, Sherwin
Duffy, Andrew
Keywords: Social sciences::Journalism
Issue Date: 2019
Source: Chua, S., & Duffy, A. (2019). Friend, foe or frenemy? Traditional journalism actors’ changing attitudes towards peripheral players and their innovations. Media and Communication, 7(4), 112-122. doi:10.17645/mac.v7i4.2275
Journal: Media and Communication
Abstract: This study synthesises two analytical frameworks—journalistic strangers and agents of media innovation—to examine how perceptions among newsworkers towards new entrants to their field shape the normalisation of innovations in a digitalfirst legacy news organisation over three years. Based on two rounds of interviews, it finds that peripheral players are gradually recognised for their contributions to journalism by traditional actors. Nonetheless, as barriers between the two groups lower, tensions involving dissonant professional perspectives, practices, and jurisdictions surface and are negotiated. The findings indicate a growing salience of hybrid roles in newsrooms that serve as linchpins to connect divergent professional fields, and more importantly, as bridges between tradition and innovation. Based on the increasing importance of collaboration and hybrid roles, this study makes a theoretical and practical contribution to research and media management by proposing that four forms of proximity—physical, temporal, professional, and control—are crucial in operationalising the impact that peripheral players have on innovation in news organisations.
ISSN: 2183–2439
DOI: 10.17645/mac.v7i4.2275
Rights: © 2019 by the authors; licensee Cogitatio (Lisbon, Portugal). This article is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License (CC BY).
Fulltext Permission: open
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