Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Metrics at WorkJournalism and the Contested Meaning of Algorithms$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Angele Christin

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780691175232

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: January 2021

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691175232.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM PRINCETON SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.princeton.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Princeton University Press, 2022. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in PRSO for personal use.date: 28 June 2022



(p.1) Introduction
Metrics at Work

Angèle Christin

Princeton University Press

This chapter examines how the multiplication of digital metrics, analytics, and algorithms is reconfiguring work practices and professional identities. It focuses on the case of journalism, a field that has been profoundly changed by digital technologies. It describes modern newsrooms that use digital tools in the gathering, production, and diffusion of information on the web, from group chats to social media platforms and content management systems. The chapter also introduces a new market that emerged for “web analytics” or software programs that track the behaviour and preferences of internet users. It describes how editors and journalists are provided with a constant stream of data about their audience, receiving increasingly detailed information in real time about the number of visitors, comments, likes, and tweets that their articles attract.

Keywords:   digital metrics, analytics, algorithms, journalism, digital technologies, social media platforms, content management systems, web analytics

Princeton Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.