The role of reporters in corporate media: An inquiry into the labour process of reporters in Turkey

Thesis Type: Postgraduate

Institution Of The Thesis: Orta Doğu Teknik Üniversitesi, Faculty of Economic and Administrative Sciences, Department of Political Science and Public Administration, Turkey

Approval Date: 2014


Supervisor: BARIŞ ÇAKMUR


From a critical political economy approach, this study is an attempt to investigate the labour process of reporters working in corporate media outlets in Turkey as the main agents of the news production processes. Based upon a field research consisting interviews conducted among journalists in Ankara and Istanbul, this thesis examines the transformation of the labour processes of reporters with the ever-increasing commercialisation from press to media and the introduction of new technologies. With the ever-increasing commercialisation because of the concentration of ownership and conglomeration processes, autonomy problem has emerged with the changing control and division of labour in the news production. Development of information and communication technologies has significantly changed the organisation of the newsroom and the practices of news production. As a result, the fundamental argument of this study is that there has been a degradation of reporting work and a tendency for deskilling of reporters‘ labour. In this context, labour market issues for reporters, especially flexible and precarious employment policies have a significant place to understand the organisation and functioning of their labour process as well. .