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Peripheral Actors in Journalism
Deviating from the Norm?

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ISBN 9780367701260
January 28, 2022 Forthcoming by Routledge
98 Pages

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Book Description

This book addresses the transformative role that so-called ‘peripheral actors’ in journalism – emerging outlets diverging from the norms fiercely held by mainstream media outlets – play in today’s news ecosystem.

The author charts the rise to prominence of these actors, outlining how they have successfully managed to challenge the authority held by mainstream, legacy outlets, whose claims to be the ‘storytellers of our time’ no longer exclusively pertain to them. Beginning by identifying these peripheral actors specifically, the book then considers whether what they do is ‘journalism’ as traditionally conceived, what their motivations are and why their role is important in light of journalism’s democratic function in holding power to account. Ultimately it is argued that, despite the perceived role of peripheral actors as ‘deviant’, they still demonstrate a surprising degree of ideological continuity in the face of industrial disruption.

Drawing on research from Australia, Germany, and the UK, Peripheral Actors in Journalism is an insightful resource for journalism and media scholars with an interest in alternative media sources.

Table of Contents

1 Introduction

From crisis to opportunity

2 ‘Journalism’ revisited:

Towards a more inclusive definition

3 ‘Who are these guys?’:

Assessing the periphery of journalism

4 Is what they do journalism?

Peripheral actors ‘in action’

Professional access, qualifications, and motivation

Daily routines, influences, and autonomy

Professional views, self-perceptions, and ethics

5 Why do they matter?

Moving from journalism to journalisms

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Aljosha Karim Schapals (FHEA) is a Lecturer and Study Area Coordinator in Journalism and Political Communication in the School of Communication of Queensland University of Technology (QUT) in Brisbane, Australia, as well as a Chief Investigator in the Digital Media Research Centre (DMRC).

He also serves as Book Review Editor for Media International Australia, a Q1-ranked journal in the field of media and communication studies, and as Academic Supervisor for Queensland Parliament.