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Metrics at WorkJournalism and the Contested Meaning of Algorithms$
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Angele Christin

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780691175232

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: January 2021

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691175232.001.0001

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From Circulation Numbers to Web Analytics

From Circulation Numbers to Web Analytics

Journalists and Their Readers in the United States and France

(p.15) Chapter 1 From Circulation Numbers to Web Analytics
Metrics at Work

Angèle Christin

Princeton University Press

This chapter provides the structural and historical background for the analysis of web analytics. It traces the distinct relationships and quantitative modes of representation that developed between journalists and their publics over the course of the past century and a half. It also relates developments from the different trajectories of the journalistic field in the United States and France. The chapter offers a comparative genealogy of how the relationship between journalists and their readers shapes current interpretations and debates about web analytics. It also argues how impossible it is to separate the question of publics from the broader and conflicting forces that shape journalistic field.

Keywords:   web analytics, journalists, publics, United States, France, journalistic field

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