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By examining journalistic discourses on the drastic changes in the New Orleans daily The Times-Picayune and the Spanish newspaper El Pais, this article examines the so-called crisis of journalism from a cultural-sociological and civil sphere perspective. The literature review in the first section briefly brings the cultural dimension to the forefront of current anxieties in the journalistic professionanxieties that have been discussed mainly from a techno-economic view. The empirical section of the article demonstrates how the social meanings of what is considered as independent journalism have been present and operative in the understanding of economic changes caused by the digital shift.
civil sphere; crisis of journalism; cultural sociology; digital shift; economic predicament; newspapers