1st Edition

Reimagining Journalism and Social Order in a Fragmented Media World

Edited By Robert E. Gutsche, Jr., Kristy Hess Copyright 2020
    264 Pages
    by Routledge

    264 Pages
    by Routledge

    This book examines journalism’s ability to promote and foster cohesive and collective action while critically examining its place in the intensifying battle to maintain a society’s social order.

    From chapters discussing the challenges journalists face in covering populism and Donald Trump, to chapters about issues of race in the news, intersections of journalism and nationalism, and increased mobilities of audiences and communicators in a digital age, Reimagining Journalism and Social Order in a Fragmented Media World focuses on the pitfalls and promises of journalism in moments of social contestation. Rich with perspectives from across the globe, this book connects journalism studies to critical scholarship on social order and social control, nationalism, social media, geography, and the function of news as a social sphere.

    In a fragmented media world and in times of social contestation, Reimagining Journalism and Social Order in a Fragmented Media World provides readers with insights as to how journalism operates in order to highlight—and enhance—elements and actions that bring about order. This book was originally published as a special issue of Journalism Studies and a special issue of Journalism Practice.

    Introduction—Contesting Communities: The problem of journalism and social order

    Robert E. Gutsche Jr. and Kristy Hess

    1. Journalism and the "Social Sphere": Reclaiming a foundational concept for beyond politics and the public sphere

    Kristy Hess and Robert E. Gutsche Jr.

    2. From Control to Chaos, and Back Again: Journalism and the politics of populist authoritarianism

    Brian McNair

    3. Populism, Journalism, and the Limits of Reflexivity: The case of Donald J. Trump

    Michael McDevitt and Patrick Ferrucci

    4. Migration Maps with the News: Guidelines for ethical visualization of mobile populations

    Paul C. Adams

    5. Veritable Flak Mill: A case study of Project Veritas and a call for truth

    Brian Michael Goss

    6. Re-Thinking Trust in the News: A material approach through "Objects of Journalism"

    Nikki Usher

    7. Community Repair through Truce and Contestation: Danish legacy print media and the Copenhagen shootings

    Henrik Bødker and Teke Ngomba

    8. Diverging Projections of Reality: Amplified frame competition via distinct modes of journalistic production

    Curd Benjamin Knüpfer

    9. Using the Elaboration Likelihood Model to Explain to Whom "#Black Lives Matter" …and to Whom it Does not

    Lanier Frush Holt

    10. Coverage of the Surgical Strike on Television News in India: Nationalism, journalistic discourse and India–Pakistan conflict

    Sushmita Pandit and Saayan Chattopadhyay

    11. Please Follow Us: Media roles in Twitter discussions in the United States, Germany, France, and Russia

    Svetlana S. Bodrunova, Anna A. Litvinenko and Ivan S. Blekanov

    12. And Deliver Us to Segmentation: The growing appeal of the niche news audience

    Jacob L. Nelson

    13. Nurturing Authority: Reassessing the social role of local television news

    Tanya Muscat

    14. "Tightening the Knots" of the International Drugs Trade in Brazil: Possibilities and challenges for news media to acquire social capital through in-depth reporting

    Alice Baroni and Andrea Mayr


    Robert E. Gutsche, Jr. is Senior Lecturer in Critical Digital Media Practice at Lancaster University, UK. His research focuses on issues of intersections of journalism, geography, and power, and appears in Journalism Studies, Journalism Practice, and Journalism and Mass Communication Quarterly. He is editor of The Trump Presidency, Journalism, and Democracy (Routledge, 2018).

    Kristy Hess is an Associate Professor in Communication at Deakin University, Australia. She studies journalism (especially at the local level) and its relationship to social connection and place-making, often through a lens of media power. Her work appears in leading international journalism and media journals, she is the author of two monographs, and she is the Associate Editor of Digital Journalism.