1st Edition

Making the News Journalism and News Cultures in Europe

By Paschal Preston Copyright 2009
    208 Pages
    by Routledge

    208 Pages
    by Routledge

    Making the News provides a cross-national perspective on key features of journalism and news-making cultures and the changing media landscape in contemporary Europe. .

    Focusing on the key trends, practices and issues in contemporary journalism and news cultures, Paschal Preston maps the major contours of change as well as the broader industrial, organizational, institutional and cultural factors shaping journalism practices over the past two decades.

    Moving beyond the tendency to focus on journalism trends and newsmaking practices within a single country, Making the News  draws on unique, cross-national research examining current journalism practices and related newsmaking cultures in eleven West, Central and East European countries, including in-depth interviews with almost 100 senior journalists and subsequent workshop discussions with other interest groups

    Making the News links reviews and discussions of the existing literature to original research engaging with the views and experiences of journalists working at the ‘coal face’ of contemporary newsmaking practices, to provide an original study and useful student text.

    List of Figures, Tables and Boxes  Acknowledgements  1. Journalism in a State of Flux? Explanatory Perspectives Paschal Preston  2. Evolution of Organised News and Journalism in Europe Paschal Preston  3. Individual Influences : Journalists’ Values and Norms Paschal Preston and Monika Metykova  4. New News Nets: Media Routines in the ‘Network Society’ Paschal Preston  5. From News Nets to House Rules: Organisational Contexts Paschal Preston and Monika Metykova  6. Political-Economic Factors Shaping News Culture Jacques Guyot  7. ‘The Cultural Air’: Ideology, Discourses and Power Paschal Preston  8. A Key Relation: Journalist and their Publics Monika Metykova  9. ‘Where’s Europe?’ Emergent Post-National News Cultures Paschal Preston  10. Journalism & News Culture in Early C21st :Key Features & Challenges Paschal Preston  Bibliography  Index


    Paschal Preston is Head of the School of Communication and founder of the Communication, Technology and Culture (COMTEC) research unit, Dublin City University. Previous publications include Reshaping Communication: Technology, Information and Social Change (2001) and Democracy and Communication in the New Europe: Change and Continuity in East and West (1995).



    Most useful to students of journalism studies interested in a recapping of major theoretical and empirical approaches to the profession and the multiple factors that influence, in essense, the process that takes something happening somewhere in the world and transforms it in a news story.

    -- Giovanna Dell'Orto, Journalism and Mass Communication Quarterly