Media Startups Are Behaving More like Tech Startups—Iterative, Multi-Skilled and Journalists That “Hustle”

Matthew Chew, Edson C. Tandoc

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Abstract

Media startups tend to stretch the boundaries of journalism, but are still influenced by values and ideas from legacy journalists. Guided by Bourdieu’s field theory, this study will utilize in-depth interviews to understand Singapore-based media startups, examining the disconnect between these new entrants and legacy newsrooms. This study proposes that there is a hysteresis in the field, which sets the stage for media startups to flourish. These new agents don a media startup habitus, a blend of the traditional journalistic habitus and the startup habitus that is developed out of circumstance and as a response to the changing requirements of media and journalistic work.

Original languageEnglish
JournalDigital Journalism
DOIs
StateAccepted/In press - 2022

Keywords

  • Field theory
  • habitus
  • hysteresis
  • innovation
  • journalistic identity
  • mismatch
  • startups

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