The Paradox of Connection

How Digital Media Is Transforming Journalistic Labor
Author: Diana Bossio, Valérie Bélair-Gagnon, Avery E. Holton, and Logan Molyneux
Doing journalism in an online world
Cloth – $110
Paper – $26
eBook – $19.95
Publication Date
Paperback: 02/27/2024
Cloth: 02/27/2024
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About the Book

Using a framework of online connection and disconnection, The Paradox of Connection examines how journalists’ practices are formed, negotiated, and maintained in dynamic social media environments. The interactions of journalists with the technological, social, and cultural features of online and social media environments have shaped new values and competencies--and the combination of these factors influence online work practices. Merging case studies with analysis, the authors show how the tactics of online connection and disconnection interact with the complex realities of working in today’s media environments. The result is an insightful portrait of fast-changing journalistic practices and their implications for both audiences and professional identities and norms.

About the Author

Diana Bossio is an associate professor in media and communication at Swinburne University and the author of Journalism and Social Media: Practitioners, Organisations, and Institution and coeditor of Social Media and the Politics of Reportage: The Arab Spring. Valérie Bélair-Gagnon is an associate professor and Cowles fellow in media management at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, and the author of Social Media at BBC News and coauthor of Journalism Research that Matters and coauthor of Happiness in Journalism.Avery E. Holton is an associate professor and department chair in the Department of Communication at the University of Utah and coauthor of Happiness in Journalism. Logan Molyneux is an associate professor of journalism at Temple University.



The Paradox of Connection shows strikingly how professional journalists negotiate with the promises and perils of the connected world and walk the line between personal branding, organizational pressures, and private life. The book provides a compelling snapshot of how journalists fine-tune their connectivity and offers tools for us all to weigh the advantages and disadvantages of living online. Social media tools have revolutionized journalism. Yet professional pressure to live online, online abuse and harassment, and increasingly precarious and unpaid labor have gone hand in hand with people in the trade mediating ever more complex forms of online communication.”--Tero Karppi, author of Disconnect: Facebook’s Affective Bonds