1st Edition

Journalism, Citizenship and Surveillance Society

Edited By Karin Wahl-Jorgensen Copyright 2020
    164 Pages
    by Routledge

    164 Pages
    by Routledge

    This book shows how surveillance society shapes and interacts with journalistic practices and discourses. It illustrates not only how surveillance debates play out in and through mediated discourses, but also how practices of surveillance inform the stories, everyday work and the ethics of journalists. 

    The increasing entrenchment of data collection and surveillance in all kinds of social processes raises important questions around new threats to journalistic freedom and political dissent; the responsibilities of media organizations and state actors; the nature of journalists’ relationship to the state; journalists’ ability to protect their sources and data; and the ways in which media coverage shape public perceptions of surveillance, to mention just a few areas of concern. Against this backdrop, the contributions gathered in this book examine areas including media coverage of surveillance, encryption and privacy; journalists’ views on surveillance and security; public debate around the power of intelligence agencies, and the strategies of privacy rights activists. The book raises fundamental questions around the role of journalism in creating the conditions for digital citizenship.

    The chapters in this book were originally published in a special issue of the journal, Digital Journalism.

    Introduction: Journalism, citizenship and surveillance, Karin Wahl-Jorgensen, Arne Hintz, Lina Dencik & Lucy Bennett

    Chapter 1: Surveillance and the Structural Transformation of Privacy: Mapping the conceptual landscape of journalism in the post-Snowden era, Heikki Heikkilä & Risto Kunelius

    Chapter 2: Not Interesting Enough to be Followed by the NSA: An analysis of Dutch privacy attitudes, Anouk Mols & Susanne Janssen

    Chapter 3: Cryptic Journalism: News reporting of encryption, Einar Thorsen

    Chapter 4: A "Massive and Unprecedented Intrusion": A comparative analysis of American journalistic discourse surrounding three government surveillance scandals, Courtney N. Johnson

    Chapter 5: Chilling Effect: Regional journalists’ source protection and information security practice in the wake of the Snowden and Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act (RIPA) revelations, Paul Bradshaw

    Chapter 6: "Comparative Silence" Still? Journalism, academia, and the Five Eyes of Edward Snowden, Felicity Ruby, Gerard Goggin & John Keane

    Chapter 7: Framing Resistance Against Surveillance: Political communication of privacy advocacy groups in the "Stop Watching Us" and "The Day We Fight Back" campaigns, Till Wäscher

    Chapter 8: Surveillance Normalization and Critique: News coverage and journalists’ discourses around the Snowden revelations, Karin Wahl-Jorgensen, Lucy K. Bennett & Jonathan Cable


    Karin Wahl-Jorgensen is Professor at the Cardiff School of Journalism, Media and Culture. She has published 9 books and over 100 journal articles and book chapters on journalism and citizenship.

    Arne Hintz is Reader at the Cardiff School of Journalism, Media and Culture, co-Director of its Data Justice Lab and Director of MA Digital Media and Society. His research focuses on digital citizenship, media activism, digital policy and datafication.

    Lina Dencik is Reader at the Cardiff School of Journalism, Media and Culture and is Co-Director of the Data Justice Lab. She has published widely on digital media, resistance and the politics of data.

    Lucy Bennett is a lecturer at the Cardiff School of Journalism, Media and Culture. Her work on digital media appears in journals such as New Media & Society, Continuum and Celebrity Studies.