Much of what journalism scholars thought they knew about gatekeeping—about how it is that news turns out the way it does—has been called into question by the recent seismic economic and technological shifts in journalism. These shifts come with new kinds of gatekeepers, new routines of news production, new types of news organizations, new means for shaping the news, and new channels of news distribution. Given these changing realities, some might ask: does gatekeeping still matter?
In this internationally-minded anthology of new gatekeeping research, contributors attempt to answer that question. Gatekeeping in Transition examines the role of gatekeeping in the twenty-first century from organizational, institutional, and social perspectives across digital and traditional media, and argues for its place in contemporary scholarship about news and journalism.
"Gatekeeping is evolving: it is disassembled, reconfigured, crowdsourced, and even algorithmified, to keep up with the demands of a rapidly transforming mediascape. This wide-ranging and comprehensive collection provides a fascinating insight into future trajectory of this enduring practice."
—Axel Bruns, Queensland University of Technology
"A transformed news ecology has made gatekeeping a research concept—to put it mildly—‘in transition.’ But this volume shows its robustness and continued value, how it usefully opens the now-networked and multi-layered black box of choices shaping the global news arena."
—Stephen D. Reese, The University of Texas at Austin
"Gatekeeping is a dynamic and rapidly shifting field, shaped by the era of digital journalism, changing economic realities and new roles for journalists. This outstanding volume compellingly demonstrates not only the continued relevance of the gatekeeping paradigm, but also the new and exciting ways in which it is being studied around the world and across news organisations, forms and platforms as well as traditions of research. The book is a much-needed contribution at the cutting edge of scholarship, and is essential reading for anybody interested in journalism today."
—Karin Wahl-Jorgensen, Cardiff University
"Written by international scholars, the essays Vos (Univ. of Missouri) and Heinderyckx (Univ. of Brussels) collect here are impressive in their accessibility, content, and scope. (…) Gatekeeping in Transition is an important book. Summing Up: Highly recommended."
- C. J. Lamb, Indiana University at Indianapolis in CHOICE
Part I - Thinking and Re-Thinking Gatekeeping 1. Revisiting Gatekeeping Theory during a Time of Transition Tim P. Vos 2. How Gatekeeping Still Matters: Media Sociology and Media Effects Kjerstin Thorson and Chris Wells
Part II - Individual Level: The New Gatekeepers 3. Journalists’ Truth Justification in a Transnational News Environment Lea C. Hellmueller 4. Futures of Journalists: Low Paid Piece Workers or Global Brands? Angela Phillips
Part III - News Routines: New and Old 5. On a Role: Online Newspapers, Participatory Journalism, and the U.S. Presidential Elections Jane B. Singer 6. The Journalist As A Jack Of All Trades: Safeguarding The Gates In A Digitized News Ecology Karin Raeymaeckers, Annelore Deprez, Sara De Vuyst, and Rebeca De Dobbelaer
Part IV - News Organization, or Lack Thereof 7. The Tyranny of Immediacy: Gatekeeping Practices in French and Spanish Online Newsrooms Florence Le Cam and David Domingo 8. Ecologies and Fields: Changes Across Time in Organizational Forms and Boundaries Wilson Lowrey
Part V - Social Institutions: Gatekeeping the Gatekeepers 9. Keeping Watch on the Gates: Media Criticism as Advocatory Pressure Matt Carlson10. Whose Hand on the Gate? Rupert Murdoch’s Australian and News Coverage of Climate Change Rodney Tiffen
Part VI - Social Systems, Near and Far 11. Visual Gatekeeping In The Era Of Networked Images: A Cross-Cultural Comparison Of The Syrian Conflict Mervi Pantii12. How Community Orientation Resists Global News Routines in South Africa and Norway John Hatcher
Part VII – Conclusion 13. Gatekeeping Theory Redux François Heinderyckx