How are algorithms changing journalism? In Metrics at Work: Journalism and the Contested Meaning of Algorithms
(Princeton University Press), Angèle Christin
, an assistant professor in the Department of Communication at Stanford University
, explores the impact of metrics and analytics on the newsrooms of New York and Paris.
Using an ethnography of two organisations, the book demonstrates the complexity, ambivalence, and difference in the use of metrics to make editorial and journalistic judgements. Covering a vast range of issues, from the history of journalism, through methods of managing organisations, to careers and pay, the book gives important insights into the current, and future, practices of our news organisations.
As a result, the book is essential reading for social science and humanities scholars, as well as for anyone interested in how we get the news we have today.