The material turn in the study of journalism: Some hopeful and cautionary remarks from an early explorer

Pablo J. Boczkowski*

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Abstract

This brief article presents some remarks about the material turn in journalism studies. It argues that this turn might push these studies in a more cosmopolitan theoretical direction by inviting analysts to engage with a wide array of fields of inquiry. It also contends that this turn might unsettle two major common methodological practices in studies of newswork: a focus on journalists and on newsrooms as the critical actors and locales. Looking at the objects of newsmaking might reveal the broad spectrum of actors implicated in this process - not just journalists - and the spatially distributed network of connections - that include the newsroom as one key locale, but not the only one - from which the news emerges.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)65-68
Number of pages4
JournalJournalism
Volume16
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 25 2015

Keywords

  • Materiality
  • Newswork
  • Science and Technology Studies

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Communication
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)

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