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News Quality in the Digital Age

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ISBN 9781032191775
March 2, 2023 Forthcoming by Routledge
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Book Description

This book brings together a diverse, international array of contributors to explore the topics of news "quality" in the online age and the relationships between news organizations and enormously influential digital platforms such as Facebook, Google, and Twitter. Covering topics ranging from internet incivility, crowdsourcing, and YouTube politics to regulations, algorithms, and AI, this book draws the key distinction between the news that facilitates democracy from news that undermines it. For students and scholars as well as journalists, policymakers, and media commentators, this important work engages a wide range of methodological and theoretical perspectives to define the key concept of "quality" in the news media.

Table of Contents



  1. Introduction
  2. Regina G. Lawrence and Philip M. Napoli

  3. Communication Technology and Threats to Democracy: We the People are (also) the Problem
  4. Johanna Dunaway and Nicholas Ray


  5. Social Media Metrics and News Quality
  6. Jieun Shin

  7. Is that News for Me? Defining News-ness by Platform and Topic
  8. Emily K. Vraga and Stephanie Edgerly

  9. User Comments as News Quality: Examining Incivility in Comments on Perceptions of News Quality
  10. Shuning Lu, Hai Liang, and Gina M. Masullo

  11. Beyond the "Trust" Survey: Measuring Media Attitudes through Observation
  12. Zacc Ritter and Jesse Holcomb


  13. All the News that’s Fit to Tweet: Sociotechnical Local News Distribution from the New York Times to Twitter
  14. Jack Bandy and Nicholas Diakopoulos

  15. Out of Control? Using Interactive Testing to Understand User Agency in News Recommendation Systems
  16. Judith Moeller, Felicia Löecherbach, Johanna Möller, and Natali Helberger

  17. Gaming AI: Algorithmic Journalism in Nigeria
  18. Emeka Umejei

  19. Editorial Values for News Recommenders: Translating Principles to Engineering
  20. Jonathan Stray


  21. How Australia’s Competition Regulator is Supporting News, but not Quality
  22. Chrisanthi Giotis, Sacha Molitorisz, and Derek Wilding

  23. Government Interventions into News Quality
  24. Philip M. Napoli and Asa Royal

  25. Conclusion

Regina G. Lawrence and Philip M. Napoli

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Regina G. Lawrence (PhD, University of Washington) is Associate Dean for Portland in the School of Journalism and Communication, Research Director of the Agora Journalism Center at the University of Oregon, and editor of the journal Political Communication. Her research focuses on press-state relations, journalistic norms, routines and innovations, and the role of the media, gender, and social identity in political communication. She has been chair of the Political Communication section of the American Political Science Association, book editor for the journal Political Communication, and a fellow at the Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics, and Public Policy at Harvard University. Her studies have appeared in numerous journals, including Journalism, Perspectives on Politics, Political Communication, Journalism Practice, and Information, Communication & Society. Dr. Lawrence’s books include When the Press Fails: Political Power and the News Media from Iraq to Katrina (University of Chicago Press, 2007, with W. Lance Bennett and Steven Livingston), winner of the 2016 Doris A. Graber Best Book Award from the Political Communication section of the American Political Science Association; and Hillary Clinton’s Race for the White House: Gender Politics and the Media on the Campaign Trail (Lynne Rienner Publishers, 2009, with Melody Rose); and The Politics of Force: Media and the Construction of Police Brutality (University of California Press, 2000). Philip M. Napoli (PhD, Northwestern University) is the James R. Shepley Professor of Public Policy in the Sanford School of Public Policy at Duke University, where he is also the Senior Associate Dean for Faculty and Research and the incoming Director of the DeWitt Wallace Center for Media & Democracy. His research focuses on media policy, platform governance, and local journalism. He is the author/editor of seven books, including, most recently, Social Media and the Public Interest: Media Regulation in the Disinformation Age (Columbia University Press, 2019), which received the 2020 Broadcast Education Association Book Award. Professor Napoli’s research has also received awards from the International Communication Association, the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, the National Communication Association, and the National Business and Economics Society. His work has been published in journals that span the fields of communication, journalism, law, and public policy, including the Federal Communications Law Journal, the Journal of Communication, Media, Culture & Society, the Policy Studies Journal, Digital Journalism, and Policy and Internet. He has testified before Congress and the FCC on media policy issues, and has advised other government bodies such as the Congressional Research Service, the U.S. Government Accountability Office, and the Federal Trade Commission. His work has been supported by organizations such as the Ford Foundation, the Democracy Fund, the Knight Foundation, the Federal Communications Commission, the National Association of Broadcasters, and the Center for American Progress.


Praise for News Quality in the Digital Age

The book offers a wide range of methodological approaches to the study of news quality being delivered through various communication channels. With chapters ranging from computation science to a more political theory-oriented perspective, this project offers a lot of ways to introduce students to the vital issue of assessing the quality of news that is being produced these days for public consumption.

Steven Farnsworth, University of Mary Washington