This truly interdisciplinary volume brings together a diverse group of scholars to explore changes in the significance of media and communication in the era of pandemic. The book answers two interrelated questions: how media and communication reality changed during the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, and how media and communication were effectively studied during this time.
The book presents changes in media and communication in three areas: media production, media content, and media usage contexts. It then describes the theoretical and practical, methodological, technical, organizational, and ethical challenges in conducting research in circumstances of sudden change in research conditions, emergency situations and developing crises. Drawing on various theoretical studies and empirical research, the volume illustrates the principles and results of applying diverse research methods to the changing role of media in a pandemic and offers good practices and guidance to address the problems in implementing research projects in a time of sudden difficulties and challenges.
This diverse and interdisciplinary book will be of significance to scholars and researchers in media studies, communication studies, research methods, sociology, anthropology, and cultural studies.
Chapter 3 of this book is freely available as a downloadable Open Access PDF under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives 4.0 license.
Katarzyna Kopecka-Piech and Bartłomiej Łódzki
Part I: New Theoretical and Methodological Foundations
1. Dilemmas and Uncertainty: Seven Research Challenges During the COVID-19 Pandemic
2. The Uberisation of Higher Education: Datafied Dynamics in the Wake of the COVID-19 Pandemic
3. An Ecological Approach: The Infodemic, Pandemic, and COVID-19
4. Research Project Reformulation: A Narrative on the Design and Methodological Changes Implemented During the Emergency
Part II: Changes in Media Outlets Activity and Practices
5. Broadcasters’ Strategy Case Studies: Modification of Product Offers as a Challenge in Times of Plague and Survival
6. Natural Language Processing and Statistic: The First Six Months of the COVID-19 Infodemic in Croatia
Slobodan Beliga, Sanda Martinčić-Ipšić, Mihaela Matešić and Ana Meštrović
7. News Shareability Analysis: Global Television Channels as Sources of Information During the Pandemic
Part III: Changes in Media Content and Narration
8. Narrative Mode of Analysis: From Media Texts to Pandemic Memoryscape
9. Diaries: The Lockdown Narratives of Individuals
Valentina Marinescu, Bianca Fox, Ramona Marinache, Daniela Roventa Frumusani and Silvia Branea
10. Media-Aesthetic Approach: A Global Visualization of the Pandemic
11. Qualitative and Quantitative Social Media Content Analysis: TikTok Usage by the World Health Organisation During the First Wave of the COVID-19 Pandemic
Roksana M. Zdunek
12. Mixed Analysis of User Activity, Content, and Networks: Twitter’s Information Cascades on Conspiratorial Pandemics
Sara Monaci and Simone Persico
Part IV: Changes in Media Usage and Reception
13. Participative Research: The Case of Media Usage by Children Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic
14. Diaries: Researching Lockdown Social Distancing in the Digital Age
Manuela Farinosi and Chiara Piccolo
15. Search Trends Analysis: How the COVID-19 Pandemic Affected Other Health Campaigns
Ricardo Matos de Araújo Rios and Edson Carlo Brandão Silva
16. Sentiment Analysis, Topic Modelling and Social Network Analysis: COVID-19, Protest Movements, and the Polish Tweetosphere
Andrzej Jarynowski and Daniel Płatek
17. Various Dynamics of the COVID-19 World of Media and Communication Research