the entrepreneurial journalist

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full title: The Entrepreneurial Journalist
authors: Tamara Witschge & Frank Harbers
year of publication: 2018
published in: Scott Eldridge II & Bob Franklin (eds) The Routledge Handbook of Developments in Digital Journalism Studies
publisher: Routledge

society, audiences and economic drivers 

This chapter discusses the rise of the entrepreneur in the field of journalism, highlighting the main themes in the literature on entrepreneurial journalism. It considers the methodological implications of changes in the field and discusses methods of data collection and analysis employed for this particular research, and in the final section we detail findings.

The chapter draws from interviews with 10 journalists, one designer and one web developer at Mediapart, De Correspondent, and Krautreporter, conducted between 2014 and 2017. It focuses on the ways in which the selected start-up journalists define journalism, how they view the role that journalism plays in society, and how they view their relationship with audiences. The chapter also focuses on journalistic entrepreneurship, one might anticipate the business element to be core: one of the main questions that journalism as a whole is faced with is a crisis of the economic model. 

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