1st Edition

News Quality in the Digital Age

Edited By Regina G Lawrence, Philip M Napoli Copyright 2023
    234 Pages 15 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    234 Pages 15 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    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 and 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.



    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 Loecherbach, 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


    Regina G. Lawrence is Research Director of the Agora Journalism Center at the University of Oregon, and editor of the journal Political Communication. 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), 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 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 Director of the DeWitt Wallace Center for Media & Democracy. 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).

    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

    This book is essential reading for anyone interested in the future of journalism. While many are exploring how to limit disinformation online, this group of scholars is one of the first to consider fully the crucial question of how to define quality news and increase its dissemination. The text also explores the relationship between news quality and algorithms, how artificial intelligence is affecting news production and emerging public policy efforts with the potential to shore up a struggling journalism ecosystem. Lawrence and Napoli have pulled together a stellar team of researchers pushing discussions of journalism in a digital age in a new direction.

    Deborah Rae Wenger, University of Mississippi