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Producing in Urgent Situations: The Management of Unpredictability in the World of Journalism

Abstract : Journalistic work is confronted structurally with urgent situations. Unlike other sectors using just-in-time methods, here urgency is not only the result of random failures in the production cycle, it also relates to the nature of the commodity itself— current affairs—which must be handled within the context of a collective organization. Based on observations and interviews in the written press, this article examines how urgency impacts journalistic production on a daily basis. It brings to light attempts at serialization within this flow of unique products and the slim possibility of negotiating irreversibility—inherent in industrial processes. The solution to the problems posed by urgent situations principally stems from inventory management, emphasizing the central role of prediction making in situations where the content of the work is itself characterized by uncertainty.
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Olivier Pilmis. Producing in Urgent Situations: The Management of Unpredictability in the World of Journalism. Revue française de sociologie, Presses de Sciences Po / Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, 2014, 55 (1), pp.86-108. ⟨10.3917/rfs.551.0101⟩. ⟨hal-01176825⟩



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