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Media Work as Field Advancement: The Case of Science Media Center Germany

  • In the wake of the news industry’s digitization, novel organizations that differ considerably from traditional media firms in terms of their functional roles and organizational practices of media work are emerging. One new type is the field repair organization, which is characterized by supporting high‐quality media work to compensate for the deficits (such as those which come from cost savingsIn the wake of the news industry’s digitization, novel organizations that differ considerably from traditional media firms in terms of their functional roles and organizational practices of media work are emerging. One new type is the field repair organization, which is characterized by supporting high‐quality media work to compensate for the deficits (such as those which come from cost savings and layoffs) which have become apparent in legacy media today. From a practice‐theoretical research perspective and based on semi‐structured interviews, virtual field observations, and document analysis, we have conducted a single case study on Science Media Center Germany (SMC), a unique non‐profit news start‐up launched in 2016 in Cologne, Germany. Our findings show that, in addition to field repair activities, SMC aims to facilitate progress and innovation in the field, which we refer to as field advancement. This helps to uncover emerging needs and anticipates problems before they intensify or even occur, proactively providing products and tools for future journalism. This article contributes to our understanding of novel media organizations with distinct functions in the news industry, allowing for advancements in theory on media work and the organization of journalism in times of digital upheaval.show moreshow less

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Document Type:Article
Author:Jun.-Prof. Dr. Christopher BuschowORCiDGND, Maike Suhr, Hauke Serger
DOI (Cite-Link):https://doi.org/10.17645/mac.v10i1.4454Cite-Link
URN (Cite-Link):https://nbn-resolving.org/urn:nbn:de:gbv:wim2-20220125-45709Cite-Link
URL:https://www.cogitatiopress.com/mediaandcommunication/article/view/4454
Parent Title (English):Media and Communication
Publisher:Cogitatio Press
Place of publication:Lisbon
Language:English
Date of Publication (online):2022/01/20
Date of first Publication:2022/01/20
Release Date:2022/01/25
Publishing Institution:Bauhaus-Universität Weimar
Institutes and partner institutions:Fakultät Medien / Juniorprofessur Organisation und vernetzte Medien
Volume:2022
Issue:Volume 10, issue 1
Pagenumber:11
First Page:99
Last Page:109
Tag:digital journalism; field repair organization; media work; news media start-up
GND Keyword:Journalismus; Digitalisierung; Online-Medien
Dewey Decimal Classification:000 Informatik, Informationswissenschaft, allgemeine Werke / 070 Publizistische Medien, Journalismus, Verlagswesen
BKL-Classification:05 Kommunikationswissenschaft / 05.30 Massenkommunikation, Massenmedien: Allgemeines
85 Betriebswirtschaft / 85.15 Forschung und Entwicklung
Open Access Publikationsfonds:Open-Access-Publikationsfonds 2022
Licence (German):License Logo Creative Commons 4.0 - Namensnennung (CC BY 4.0)