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Metrics at Work: Journalism and the Contested Meaning of Algorithms

Angele Christin


When the news moved online, journalists suddenly learned what their audiences actually liked, through algorithmic technologies that scrutinize web traffic and activity. Has this advent of audience metrics changed journalists' work practices and professional identities? This book documents the ways that journalists grapple with audience data in the form of clicks, and analyzes how new forms of clickbait journalism travel across national borders. Drawing on four years of fieldwork in web newsrooms in the United States and France, including more than one hundred interviews with journalists, the b ... More

Keywords: online news, audience metrics, clickbait journalism, web newsrooms, journalists, media groups, audience analytics, internet traffic

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780691175232
Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: January 2021 DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691175232.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Angele Christin, author
Stanford University