News Startups as Agents of Innovation: For-profit digital news startup manifestos as metajournalistic discourse

Matt Carlson, Nikki Usher

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Abstract

For-profit digital news startups backed by large investors, venture capital, and technology entrepreneurs have taken on an increasingly significant role in the journalism industry. This article examines 10 startups by focusing on the manifestos these new organizations offer when they introduce themselves to the public. These manifestos are an example of metajournalistic discourse, or interpretive discourse about journalism, that publicly define how journalism is changing—or is not. In identifying and touting the superiority of their technological innovations, the manifestos simultaneously affirm and critique existing journalistic practices while rethinking longstanding boundaries between journalism and technology.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)563-581
Number of pages19
JournalDigital Journalism
Volume4
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 3 2016
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • digital journalism
  • innovation
  • manifestos
  • metajournalistic discourse
  • mobile journalism
  • news startups

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