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Cyberfactories
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Cyberfactories

How News Agencies Produce News

9780857939142 Edward Elgar Publishing
Barbara Czarniawska, Senior Professor of Management, GRI, School of Business, Economics and Law, University of Gothenburg, Sweden
Publication Date: 2013 ISBN: 978 0 85793 914 2 Extent: 240 pp
Have you ever wondered how organizations decide which news is important? This insightful book portrays in detail everyday work in three news agencies: Swedish TT, Italian ANSA and the worldwide Reuters.

This unique study is about organizing rather than journalism, revealing two accelerating phenomena: cybernization (machines play a more and more central role in news production) and cyborgization (people rely more and more on machines). Barbara Czarniawska reveals that technological developments lead to many unexpected consequences and complications.

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Have you ever wondered how organizations decide which news is important? This insightful book portrays in detail everyday work in three news agencies: Swedish TT, Italian ANSA and the worldwide Reuters.

This unique study is about organizing rather than journalism, revealing two accelerating phenomena: cybernization (machines play a more and more central role in news production) and cyborgization (people rely more and more on machines). Barbara Czarniawska reveals that technological developments lead to many unexpected consequences and complications.

Cyberfactories will prove essential to researchers interested in contemporary forms of organizing, studies of technology, and media. It will also appeal to a lay reader interested in how news is produced.
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‘Cyberfactories is surely not only for those curious about the alterations of journalism. Conclusions Czarniawska draws from her studies and from other works she explores can be inspiring for readers of a variety of interests even for the broad public. . . Circularity of news goes hand in hand with cyber-processes forming a characteristic syndrome of advanced societies. It is more than clear Cyberfactories proves this issue to be of critical significance.’
– Jerzy Stachowiak, Qualitative Sociology Review

‘Only the polyglott Barbara Czarniawska, a keen ethnographer of organizations, could give us a picture of the production of news in the age of digital reproduction. By a close description of the process through which news agencies elaborate this exquisitely complex product – the piece of news – she manages to give us a realistic interpretation of what technology and globalization do to journalism. Far from indicating the end of the trade and the dissolution of its credibility, her careful and witty account shows the many ways in which authority of information may be regained. Walter Lippmann would have loved this book.’
– Bruno Latour, Sciences Po Paris, France

‘TT, Ansa, Reuters are not intermediaries that transfer information to their clients, rather they are producers of the news. . . or better, in this book, they are fac(s)tories. This passionate journey into the management of overflow of news input and output starts with the question: when a flow is an overflow? How do people daily survive such overflow? Read the book and discover how the answer is simpler than expected!’
– Silvia Gherardi, University of Trento, Italy
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Contents: 1. The Places Where Information Overflows 2. Three Histories 3. TT, or a Day at Work 4. ANSA, or Meetings and Teamwork 5. Reuters, or Tooling the News 6. How News is Produced References Index
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