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Journalism Research in Practice

Perspectives on Change, Challenges, and Solutions, 1st Edition

Edited by Robert E. Gutsche, Jr., Bonnie Brennen


162 pages

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Journalism Research in Practice: Perspectives on Change, Challenges, and Solutions is a unique collection of research on journalism written for journalists and wider audiences. Based on scholarship previously published in Journalism Practice, Journalism Studies, and Digital Journalism, authors have updated and rewritten their works to make connections to contemporary issues. These 28 studies include perspectives on modern-day freelancing, digitization, and partisan influences on the press. They appear in four distinct sections:

• Addressing Journalism in Times of Social Conflict

• Advancements in New Media and Audience Participation

• Challenges and Solutions in a Changing Profession

• Possibilities for Journalism and Social Change

This book is a collection by leading scholars from the field of Journalism Studies who have revisited their previous work with the intent of asking more questions about how journalism looks, works, and is preparing for the future. From coverage on Donald Trump and alt-right media to media trust, verification, and social media, this volume is relevant for practicing journalists today who are planning for tomorrow, students learning about the field and its debates, and scholars and educators looking for approachable texts about complex issues.

Table of Contents


Journalism Research in Practice: Strategies, Innovation, and Approaches to Change, Bonnie Brennen & Robert E. Gutsche Jr.


Chapter 1: Hero or Anti-Hero? Journalists and their Stories, Scott A. Eldridge II

Chapter 2: Journalists’ Perceptions of Mass Shooting Coverage and Factors Influencing Those Perceptions, Nicole Smith Dahmen, Jesse Abdenour & Karen McIntyre

Chapter 3: Media Criticism from the Far-Right: Attacking from Many Angles, Tine Ustad Figenschou & Karoline Andrea Ihlebæk

Chapter 4: Public Media and Marginalized Publics: Online and Offline Engagement Strategies and Local Storytelling Networks, Andrea Wenzel

Chapter 5: "Listen First, Then Ask!" Listening-based Journalistic Questioning Training Methods, Halliki Harro-Loit & Kadri Ugur

Chapter 6: "I Was Doing a Good Deed": Exploring the Motivations of Photo Story Subjects in Granting Photojournalists Access, Brian P. McDermott, Tara M. Mortensen, Khadija Ejaz & Daniel D. Haun

Chapter 7: Is Journalism Going Global? Finding Answers in Quantitative Studies Employing the Concepts of the "Culture Peg" and the "Culture Link", Miki Tanikawa

Chapter 8: Challenging Data-Driven Journalism, Renata Faria Brandão

Chapter 9: A Tale of Two Tragedies: Culpability and Innocence in American Journalism, Saif Shahin


Chapter 10: Five Things We Should Learn from the Messiness of Participation, Laura Ahva

Chapter 11: Disruptive Media Events: Balancing Editorial Control and Open Dissent in the Aftermath of Terror, Tine Ustad Figenschou & Kjersti Thorbjørnsrud

Chapter 12: Insights from a Comparative Study into Convergence Culture in European Newsrooms, Manuel Menke, Susanne Kinnebrock, Sonja Kretzschmar, Ingrid Aichberger, Marcel Broersma, Roman Hummel, Susanne Kirchhoff, Dimitri Prandner, Nelson Ribeiro & Ramón Salaverría

Chapter 13: Automating Complex News Stories by Capturing News Events as Data, David Caswell & Konstantin Dörr

Chapter 14: Remaining in Control with an Illusion of Interactivity: The Paternalistic Side of Data Journalism, Ester Appelgren

Chapter 15: "Don’t be Stupid." The Role of Social Media Policies in Journalistic Boundary-Setting, Andrew Duffy & Megan Knight

Chapter 16: What a Story! Interpretative Rhetoric in News Media’s Facebook Updates, Yngve Benestad Hågvar

Chapter 17: How Engagement with Journalists on Twitter Reduces Public Perceptions of Media Bias, Trevor Diehl, Alberto Ardèvol-Abreu & Homero Gil de Zúñiga


Chapter 18: Fact-checkers as Entrepreneurs, Jane B. Singer

Chapter 19: Careers in Modern Professional Journalism: A Case Study of NYC Journalist Network Histories 2011–2015, Allie Kosterich & Matthew S. Weber

Chapter 20: From Analog Dollars to Digital Dimes: A Look into the Performance of US Newspapers, Hsiang Iris Chyi & Ori Tenenboim

Chapter 21: The Two Faces of Janus: Web Analytics Companies and the Shifting Culture of News, Valerie Belair-Gagnonjournoscholar & Avery E. Holton

Chapter 22: Where Do Facts Matter? The Digital Paradox in Magazines’ Fact-checking Processes, Susan Currie Sivek & Sharon Bloyd-Peshkin

Chapter 23: Entrepreneurs and Idealists — Freelance Journalists at the Intersection of Autonomy and Constraints, Birgit Røe Mathisen

Chapter 24: Ethical Boundaries among Freelance Journalists, Birgit Røe Mathisen


Chapter 25: Total Eclipse of the Social: What Journalism Can Learn from the Fundamentals of Facebook, Kristy Hess & Robert E. Gutsche Jr

Chapter 26: Pushy or a Princess? Women Experts and UK Broadcast News, Lis Howell & Jane B. Singer

Chapter 27: Local Journalism and the Information Needs of Local Communities: Toward a Scalable Assessment Approach, Philip M. Napoli, Sarah Stonbely, Kathleen McCollough & Bryce Renninger

Chapter 28: Solutions Journalism: The Effects of Including Solution Information in News Stories About Social Problems, Karen McIntyre

About the Editors

Robert E. Gutsche, Jr. is Senior Lecturer in Critical Digital Media Practice at Lancaster University. He is author or editor of The Trump Presidency, Journalism, and Democracy; Reimaging Journalism and Social Order in a Fragmented Media World; and, Geographies of Journalism, all published by Routledge.

Bonnie Brennen is Professor Emerita at Marquette University. Her research addresses relationships between media, culture, technology and society. She is the author or editor of seven books and one novel and her research has also been published in academic journals and edited books.

About the Series

Journalism Studies

Theory and Practice

The journal Journalism Studies was established at the turn of the new millennium by Bob Franklin. It was launched in the context of a burgeoning interest in the scholarly study of journalism and an expansive global community of journalism scholars and researchers. The ambition was to provide a forum for the critical discussion and study of journalism as a subject of intellectual inquiry but also an arena of professional practice. Previously, the study of journalism in the UK and much of Europe was a fairly marginal branch of the larger disciplines of media, communication and cultural studies; only a handful of Universities offered degree programmes in the subject. Journalism Studies has flourished and succeeded in providing the intended public space for discussion of research on key issues within the field, to the point where in 2007 a sister journal, Journalism Practice, was launched to enable an enhanced focus on practice-based issues, as well as foregrounding studies of journalism education, training and professional concerns. Both journals are among the leading ranked journals within the field and publish six issues annually, in electronic and print formats. From the outset, the publication of themed issues has been a commitment for both journals. Their purpose is first, to focus on highly significant or neglected areas of the field; second, to facilitate discussion and analysis of important and topical policy issues; and third, to offer readers an especially high quality and closely focused set of essays, analyses and discussions; or all three.

The Journalism Studies: Theory and Practice book series draws on a wide range of these themed issues from both journals and thereby extends the critical and public forum provided by them. The Editor of the journals works closely with guest editors to ensure that the books achieve relevance for readers and the highest standards of research rigour and academic excellence. The series makes a significant contribution to the field of journalism studies by inviting distinguished scholars, academics and journalism practitioners to discuss and debate the central concerns within the field. It also reaches a wider readership of scholars, students and practitioners across the social sciences, humanities and communication arts, encouraging them to engage critically with, but also to interrogate, the specialist scholarly studies of journalism which this series provides.

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LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Communication Studies