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Thurman, Neil J (2011) Making 'The Daily Me': Technology, economics and habit in the mainstream assimilation of personalized news. Journalism: Theory, Practice & Criticism, 12 (4). pp. 395-415. ISSN 1464-8849

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    The mechanisms of personalization deployed by news websites are resulting in an increasing number of editorial decisions being taken by computer algorithms—many of which are under the control of external companies—and by end users. Despite its prevalence, personalization has yet to be addressed fully by the journalism studies literature (Zelizer, 2009). This study defines personalization as a distinct form of interactivity and classifies its explicit and implicit forms. Using this taxonomy, it surveys the use of personalization at eleven national news websites in the UK and US. Research interviews bring a qualitative dimension to the analysis, acknowledging the influence that institutional contexts and journalists’ attitudes have on the adoption of technology. The study shows how: personalization informs debates on news consumption, content diversity, and the economic context for journalism; and challenges the continuing relevance of established theories of journalistic gate-keeping.

    Item Type: Article
    Uncontrolled Keywords: customization, gate-keeping, individuation, online journalism, online news, personalization
    Subjects: Mathematical and Computer Sciences > Computer Science > Human-computer Interaction
    Social studies > Sociology > Sociology not elsewhere classified > Sociology of Science and Technology
    Mass Communications and Documentation > Information Services > Information Management
    Mass Communications and Documentation > Media studies > Electronic Media studies
    Mass Communications and Documentation > Publishing > Electronic Publishing
    Mass Communications and Documentation > Publishing > Electronic Publishing > Publishing via the World Wide Web
    Mass Communications and Documentation > Publishing > Interactive Publishing
    Mass Communications and Documentation > Journalism
    Divisions: UNSPECIFIED
    Depositing User: Mr Neil J Thurman
    Date Deposited: 13 May 2011 08:48
    Last Modified: 13 May 2011 08:48
    URI: http://opendepot.org/id/eprint/409

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