Not on air, but Online: The Labor Conditions of the Digital Journalist in U.S. Local Television Newsrooms

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Abstract

As American news preferences shift from broadcast to digital platforms, corporate-owned local television stations have hired digital teams to keep a growing array of mobile, social, web, and over-the-top platforms updated with revenue-generating and audience-friendly information. Yet, these workers are currently missing from the labor literature. Therefore, this exploratory study uses a political economy framework with a labor focus to begin to understand the day-to-day working conditions of these employees. Interviews outline workload issues including long hours of multitasking and nearly-constant connectivity even when off the clock, sped-up production expectations with a commodified information focus, and limited worker protections. The findings here aim to provide a starting point for digital journalism labor studies moving forward.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)95-108
Number of pages14
JournalElectronic News
Volume15
Issue number3-4
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 2021

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Keywords

  • Digital journalism
  • labor
  • local television news
  • multiplatform
  • political economy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Information Systems
  • Communication

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