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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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Between Exposure and Unpaid Work

Between Exposure and Unpaid Work

Compensation and Freelance Careers

(p.125) Chapter 6 Between Exposure and Unpaid Work
Metrics at Work

Angèle Christin

Princeton University Press

This chapter explores the ramifications of the conflicting systems of evaluation by turning to the thorny question of compensation. It reviews the dilemma of TheNotebook and LaPlace websites on how to get people to work without enough money to pay all contributors a decent wage. The chapter talks about how in both websites traffic became an important criterion for deciding whom to pay and how much to pay them. It examines how compensations and wages affected the identities and careers of freelance journalists in America and France. It also analyzes why American journalists were less conflicted about using metrics-related criteria than their French counterparts.

Keywords:   TheNotebook, LaPlace, wage, compensation, traffic, freelance journalists, metrics-related criteria

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