The Shaping of an Online Feature Journalist
Journal article, Peer reviewed
Postprint version of article originally published in journalism - theory, practice & criticism
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Original versionSteensen, S. (2008). The shaping of an online feature journalist. Journalism - Theory, Practice & Criticism, 10 (5), 702-718
This paper explores the professional role and normative demands of online feature journalists. Through a longitudinal ethnographic case study of the work practice of feature journalists in the Norwegian online newspaper dagbladet.no, the paper uncovers how normative demands of a new professional role are negotiated within the online newsroom of a newspaper. It further reveals how the role of journalists is shaped by two axes: A historical axis of factors that have shaped the role of journalist throughout history, and a contemporary axis of the particulars of labour in modern society at large. The findings suggest that online feature journalists practice a more audience-driven and source-detached kind of journalism than their print counterparts. They further suggest that the remediation of feature journalism online yields increased status to the role of online journalists at large.