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Journalism in the Age of the Free Internet

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Journalism and the Internet

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This website summarizes the Political Economy of journalism chapter in Digital Journalism Jones & Salter (2012). It includes observations on recent developments in the area, both international and Irish and comment on additional readings on the subject. It is designed … Continue reading

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Political Economy Defined

Political Economy is defined as being the day-to-day constraints that journalists face when trying to adapt to new technologies like the web, social media, etc. Journalists also face institutional constraints such as the corporate interests of media companies. John McManus … Continue reading

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Quality Journalism Costs

Salter and Jones (2012) argue that because of the huge costs involved in running a newspaper or television station, “inequitable power relations” exist. As a result of this, only organisations with access to significant capital will be able to enter … Continue reading

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Ownership and Control

The chapter notes that the issue of proprietorial control is becoming less significant but does still exist. In the first half of the 20th century, press baron’s enforced absolute control and influence over content. This is less common today. However, … Continue reading

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How the Media Makes Money

In an ideal world, funding for journalism would come from consumers making choices in the marketplace. Unfortunately, this is not the case. Advertising plays a fundamental role in sustaining news production. Jones and Salter cite Robert L. Craig who suggests … Continue reading

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