This volume lays out the theoretical and methodological framework to introduce the concept of journalistic role performance, defined as the outcome of concrete newsroom decisions and the style of news reporting when considering different constraints that influence the news product. By connecting role conception to role performance, this book addresses how journalistic ideals manifest in practice. The authors of this book analyze the disconnection between journalists’ understanding of their role and their actual professional performance in a period of high uncertainty and excitement about the future of journalism due the changes the Internet and new technologies have brought to the profession.
Table of Contents
Daniel C. Hallin
INTRODUCTION. Journalistic Role Performance: A New Research Agenda in a Digital and Global Media Environment
Claudia Mellado, Lea Hellmueller and Wolfgang Donsbach
Part I: Conceptualizing Journalistic Role Performance
1. Revisiting Journalists’ Role Conceptions Research
Claudia Mellado, Lea Hellmueller and David H. Weaver
2. Historical Perspectives on Journalistic Roles
Tim P. Vos
3. Journalistic Roles in the Mediated Public Sphere
Morten Skovsgaard and Peter Bro
4. Epistemologies and Professional Roles
5. Normative Theories and Journalistic Role Performance
6. Conceptualizing Journalistic Role Performance Across News Platforms
Claudia Mellado and Tim P. Vos
Part II: Contextualizing Journalistic Role Performance
7. News Routines, Role Performance and Change in Journalism
8. Digital Networks and Journalistic Role Performance
9. Journalistic Role Performance beyond Professional News Media
David Domingo and Florence Le Cam
10. Professionalism, Journalistic Role Performance, and Situated Ethics Beyond the West
Part III: Methodological Approaches to the Study of Journalistic Role Performance
11. Mixed Quantitative Methods Approach to Journalistic Role Performance Research
Arjen Van Dalen, Claes H. de Vreese and Erik Albaek
12. Triangulating Methods in the Study of Journalistic Role Performance
Jane B. Singer
13. Discourse Analysis and Journalistic Role Performance
Tom Van Hout & Eva De Smedt
14. Measuring J
Claudia Mellado is Associate Professor in the School of Journalism at the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso, Chile. She has been visiting professor in different universities in Latin America and Europe. She is the Principal Investigator of the Journalistic Role Performance around the Globe Project, and she has published widely in different peer-reviewed jourals within the field. Her research focuses on the study of journalism cultures, journalistic performance, and comparative studies.
Lea Hellmueller is Assistant Professor and Director of the Global Media Research Center at the University of Houston, Texas. She is the author of The Washington, DC Media Corps in the 21st Century (2014) and the co-principal investigator of the Journalistic Role Performance around the Globe project. Her work has appeared in International Communication Gazette, International Journal of Communication, Journalism Studies, Journalism Practice, and Communication Research Trends.
Wolfgang Donsbach (*1949, † 2015) was Professor of Communication and founding of the Department of Communication at Dresden University of Technology, Germany. He was a visiting professor at Columbia University, Syracuse University, University of Navarra (Spain), and Harvard University. He was president of the World Association for Public Opinion Research (1995–1996) and the International Communication Association (2004–2005). He was the general editor of the International Encyclopedia of Communication (Wiley-Blackwell). In 2010 he was elected as an ICA Fellow. His main research interests were in journalism, political communication, public opinion, and exposure to communication.