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Journalistic Role Performance
Concepts, Contexts, and Methods

ISBN 9781138783010
Published November 23, 2016 by Routledge
282 Pages 3 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

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

Henrik Örnebring

5. Normative Theories and Journalistic Role Performance

Martin Eide

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

David Ryfe

8. Digital Networks and Journalistic Role Performance

Wilson Lowrey

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

Silvio Waisbord

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

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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.