What's stopping them? : towards a grounded theory of online journalism
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Postprint version of article originally published in journalism studies. u r l: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14616700902975087
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OriginalversjonSteensen, S. (2009). What's stopping them? : towards a grounded theory of online journalism. Journalism Studies. 10 (6), 821-836 http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14616700902975087
Findings in recent research suggest that online journalism is much less innovative than many researchers and scholars predicted a decade ago. Research into online journalism has, however, been biased towards a focus on online news journalism, thereby neglecting the magnitude of new styles and genres that are currently emerging in online journalism. In this paper the findings of a longitudinal ethnographic case study of the development of a section for feature journalism in the Norwegian online newspaper dagbladet.no is presented. The study is framed by an understanding of innovation as a process where organizational structures and individual action interact. The findings suggest that individual action has been downplayed as a determinant for processes of innovation in online newsrooms in previous research, and that a substantive grounded theory of innovation in online newspaper is made up of five factors: newsroom autonomy, newsroom work culture, the role of management, the relevance of new technology and innovative individuals.