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The architectures of media power: editing, the newsroom, and urban public space

Rodgers, Scott (2014) The architectures of media power: editing, the newsroom, and urban public space. Space and Culture 17 (1), pp. 69-94. ISSN 1206-3312.

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This paper considers the relation of the newsroom and the city as a lens into the more general relation of production spaces and mediated publics. Leading theoretically from Lee and LiPuma’s (2002) notion of ‘cultures of circulation’, and drawing on an ethnography of the Toronto Star, the paper focuses on how media forms circulate and are enacted through particular practices and material settings. With its attention to the urban milieus and orientations of media organizations, this paper exhibits both affinities with but also differences to current interests in the urban architectures of media, which describe and theorize how media get ‘built into’ the urban experience more generally. In looking at editing practices situated in the newsroom, an emphasis is placed on the phenomenological appearance of media forms both as objects for material assembly as well as more abstracted subjects of reflexivity, anticipation and purposiveness. Although this is explored with detailed attention to the settings of the newsroom and the city, the paper seeks to also provide insight into the more general question of how publicness is material shaped and sited.

Item Type: Article
Keyword(s) / Subject(s): circulation, materiality, media practices, production, urban public space
School or Research Centre: Birkbeck Schools and Research Centres > School of Arts > Film, Media and Cultural Studies
Depositing User: Scott Rodgers
Date Deposited: 21 Jun 2012 10:18
Last Modified: 13 May 2014 23:11

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