The dark side of Journalism: Understanding the phenomenology of conflicts in the newsroom and the mechanisms intended to solve them Articles uri icon

publication date

  • May 2021

start page

  • 1

end page

  • 18

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1464-8849

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1741-3001


  • The practice and structural conditions of the journalism craft provide fertile grounds for facilitating the emergence of conflicts in the newsroom. However, extant research on journalism studies have largely neglected the boundary conditions for their emergence and the individual and organizational mechanisms displayed to unravel them. Based on in-depth interviews with 40 Spanish journalists, we conceptualize newsrooms conflicts as the dark side of journalism and examine the structural and individual factors that nurtures their appearance. We also clarify the main strategies for conflict management, arguing that conflict resolution is typically based on informal mediation strategies, rather than institutionalized plans directly implemented by news organizations.


  • conflict management; dark side of journalism; journalism practice; journalistic craft; labour conditions; newsrooms conflicts