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Networked Press FreedomCreating Infrastructures for a Public Right to Hear$
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Mike Ananny

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780262037747

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: September 2019

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262037747.001.0001

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How Free Is the Networked Press?

How Free Is the Networked Press?

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Networked Press Freedom

Mike Ananny

The MIT Press

This chapter traces where the networked press exists today. Based on a seven-year corpus (2010–2016) of journalistic trade press focused on sociotechnical dynamics, it describes how the networked press' autonomy exists in twelve sociotechnical dynamics: observation, production, alignments, labor, analytics, timing, security, audiences, revenue, facts, resemblances, and affect. It argues that networked press freedom is the story of people and machines coming together and pulling away from often invisible and unacknowledged assumptions about what kind of press publics need. By seeing itself as a set of sociotechnical separations and dependencies, the press may better be able to decide and defend what kinds of publics it can create.

Keywords:   press freedom, network process, metajournalistic discourse, journalists, autonomy

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