Quotation Hagar, Nick, Wachs, Johannes, Horvat, Agnes. 2021. Writer movements between news outlets reflect political polarization in media. New Media & Society (NMS).




Digital news outlets rely on a variety of outside contributors, from freelance journalists, to political commentators, to executives and politicians. These external dependencies create a network among news outlets, traced along the contributors they share. Using connections between outlets, we demonstrate how contributors’ publishing trajectories tend to align with outlet political leanings. We also show how polarized clustering of outlets translates to differences in the topics of news covered and the style and tone of articles published. In addition, we demonstrate how contributors who cross partisan divides tend to focus on less explicitly political topics. This work addresses an important gap in the media polarization literature, by highlighting how structural factors on the production side of news media create an ecosystem shaped by political leanings, independent of the priorities of any one person or organization.


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  • computational methods
  • digital journalism
  • freelance journalism
  • network analysis
  • news production
  • polarization

Publication's profile

Status of publication Published
Affiliation WU
Type of publication Journal article
Journal New Media & Society (NMS)
Citation Index SSCI
WU-Journal-Rating new INF-A
Language English
Title Writer movements between news outlets reflect political polarization in media
Year 2021
Reviewed? Y
URL https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1177/14614448211027173
DOI https://doi.org/10.1177%2F14614448211027173
Open Access Y
Open Access Link https://arxiv.org/abs/2101.05044


Wachs, Johannes (Details)
Hagar, Nick (Northwestern U, United States/USA)
Horvat, Agnes (Northwestern U, United States/USA)
Institute for Data, Process and Knowledge Management (AE Polleres) (Details)
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