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Future Journalism Where We Are and Where We’re Going

By Sue Greenwood Copyright 2018
    184 Pages
    by Routledge

    184 Pages
    by Routledge

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    Future Journalism investigates where journalism has come from, where it is now and where it might be going, through a range of case studies on organisations pushing the traditional boundaries of journalism, including Vice, Buzzfeed, Bellingcat, The Washington Post, the Guardian, Circa and Narrative Science. Sue Greenwood presents an analysis of the significant trends and practices shaping contemporary journalism and investigates what they can tell us about possible new directions for the news industry in the future.

    Chapters explore:

    • the rise of new business models for digital news production and their future;
    • debates around the potential for non-human "journalists";
    • the fluctuating figures around news consumption by audiences and what they can mean;
    • the growing importance of ethical journalism in the digital age;
    • practical exercises and recommended further reading.

    In a constantly evolving media environment, this book guides readers through some of the most vital contemporary debates and important technological developments. It is essential reading for students and young professionals preparing for a future in the journalism industry.

    List of figures

    1. Where we came from and where we are now

    2. Change and why it happens

    3. New ideas and how they got here

    4. Audience chasing

    5. New news generations

    6. The new (human) journalists

    7. The new (non-human) journalists

    8. New narratives in news

    9. Your turn

    10. My turn

    Appendix: suggested essay titles with related chapters



    Sue Greenwood is a senior lecturer in the School of Journalism at Staffordshire University, UK. She teaches and specialises in digital and future journalism. Before joining academia, Sue spent over 25 years working in the media, from newspapers, news websites and community television, to radio. As an entrepreneur, she has launched two publishing start-ups.

    "This book deals with the most important issues facing journalism. It draws on the author’s extensive industry experience, original interviews with key players and fascinating case studies. She does so from the perspective of a journalist who cares deeply about the profession and manages to keep an upbeat tone while delivering some sobering analyses." - Helen Sissons, Senior Lecturer in Journalism, Auckland University of Technology, Australia.

    "Sue Greenwood has written a fantastically inspiring book. Future Journalism is thoroughly researched and beautifully written. Greenwood not only recounts engagingly the story of how modern journalism reacted to the digital disruption, she also points to where journalism can and might go from here. The book offers a brilliant wealth of theoretical reflection, case studies, and practical exercises that will be most useful for both journalism students and teachers." - Imke Henkel, Senior Lecturer, School of English and Journalism, University of Lincoln, UK.