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Fluid institutional logics in digital journalism


Lischka, Juliane A (2020). Fluid institutional logics in digital journalism. Journal of Media Business Studies, 17(2):113-131.

Abstract

The negotiation of competing institutional logics is relevant for organisations active in multi-institutional domains. News organisations are active in the domains of democracy and business, and, through digitisation, they are active in the digital technology domain. This article describes how journalism negotiates competing logics of these domains, i.e. professional, market, managerial, and technology (tech) logics. Analysing n = 744 individual NiemanLab Predictions for Journalism from 2014 to 2019, findings indicate that journalism aggregates and integrates competing logics in a fluid way, keeping synergies across logics and plurality of logics high. The field of journalism is shaped by the competition of four logics: While tech logics induce changes in professional, market, and managerial logics, professional logics remain the dominant moral compass for journalists.

Abstract

The negotiation of competing institutional logics is relevant for organisations active in multi-institutional domains. News organisations are active in the domains of democracy and business, and, through digitisation, they are active in the digital technology domain. This article describes how journalism negotiates competing logics of these domains, i.e. professional, market, managerial, and technology (tech) logics. Analysing n = 744 individual NiemanLab Predictions for Journalism from 2014 to 2019, findings indicate that journalism aggregates and integrates competing logics in a fluid way, keeping synergies across logics and plurality of logics high. The field of journalism is shaped by the competition of four logics: While tech logics induce changes in professional, market, and managerial logics, professional logics remain the dominant moral compass for journalists.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Department of Communication and Media Research
Dewey Decimal Classification:700 Arts
Scopus Subject Areas:Social Sciences & Humanities > Business and International Management
Social Sciences & Humanities > Communication
Social Sciences & Humanities > Strategy and Management
Uncontrolled Keywords:Digital journalism, digital technology, institutional logics, institutionalism, organisational change, technology management
Language:English
Date:2 April 2020
Deposited On:24 Jan 2020 08:46
Last Modified:29 Jul 2020 13:32
Publisher:Taylor & Francis
ISSN:1652-2354
OA Status:Closed
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1080/16522354.2019.1699764

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