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Disruption and Digital Journalism Assessing News Media Innovation in a Time of Dramatic Change

By John V. Pavlik Copyright 2022
    138 Pages
    by Routledge

    138 Pages
    by Routledge

    This book offers a timely insight into how the news media have adapted to the digital transformation of public communication infrastructure.

    Providing a conceptual roadmap to understanding the disruptive, innovative impact of digital networked journalism in the 21st century, the author critically examines how and to what extent news media around the world have engaged in digital adaptation. Making use of data from news media content production and distribution both off- and online, as well as user and financial data from the U.S. and internationally, the book traces how the news media embraced and reacted to key developments such as the invention of the World Wide Web in 1989 and the launch of Google in 1998, Facebook in 2004, and the Apple iPhone in 2009. The author also highlights innovative organizations that have sought to reimagine news media that are optimized for digital, online, and mobile media of the 21st century, demonstrating how these groups have been able to stay better engaged with the public.

    Disruption and Digital Journalism is recommended reading for all academics and scholars with an interest in media, digital journalism studies, and technological innovation.


    1 Adapting to Disruption: A Three-Stage Model of News Media Digital Adaptation

    2 Stage One: Repurposing Analog Content Online

    3 Stage Two: Generating Original Online content

    4 Stage Three: Optimizing News for a Digital, Networked & Mobile Platform

    5 Cases in News Media Adaptation: Content Strategies, Usage, Ownership and Revenue Data

    6 News Deserts: Local Journalism’s Struggle to Adapt

    7 Concluding Reflections: Prospects and Problems in Optimizing Journalism for the Digital Domain



    John V. Pavlik is Professor, Journalism and Media Studies Department, the School of Communication and Information at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey.