Jan Lauren Boyles published in Convergence


Jan Lauren Boyles, assistant professor in the Greenlee School of Journalism and Communication had an article accepted in Convergence. The piece, co-authored with Greenlee grad student Jared Meisinger, focuses on how newsroom librarians have shifted their workflows with the advent of data automation.

Abstract: In the digital transition within American newspapers, newsroom librarians were among the first newsworkers to have their labor automated. In response, these practitioners operating in converged newsrooms shifted their on-the-job routines and roles to align with the increasing centrality of machines in journalistic production. Using an actor-network approach, this research integrates in-depth interviews to explore how American newsroom librarians interface with machines in acting as guardians of institutional knowledge within news organizations. Examining the modern duties of newsroom librarians can provide broader context for the next generation of industry automation in journalistic practice.