My research focuses on the socio-political challenges of new technologies in media organizations.
In my PhD dissertation, I have studied the control of advertising on French television since its beginning in 1968. I published a book based on this research in 2010, where I analyze how contemporaries (viewers, advocates, civil servants, lawyers) have imposed contraints on TV spots, which have constantly played with the norms of a French society in huge transformation. In this "moral history of advertising", TV spots have cristallized the political and moral changes in the last forty years through a collective questioning of the audience.
Since 2008, my research has focused on the use of new technologies in news organizations, in France and in the United States, and its implications for democracy. With Eric Dagiral, I analyzed the innovation in journalistic formats (audiovisual contents, database) with the development of online news outlets. Now, my research deals with two issues. First, I analyze how the growth of online local news changes the relationship between journalists and local/hyperlocal audiences. Second, I study the sociopolitical implications of the new connections between programmers and journalists, through the rise of "programmer-journalists".
I am a member of the editorial board of two French academic journals: Réseaux and Terrains & travaux. I am also the coordinator for the "Media" thematic network of the French Sociological Association.