1st Edition

The Covid-19 Pandemic as a Challenge for Media and Communication Studies

Edited By Katarzyna Kopecka-Piech, Bartłomiej Łódzki Copyright 2022
    256 Pages 11 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    256 Pages 11 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    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
    Katarzyna Kopecka-Piech

    2. The Uberisation of Higher Education: Datafied Dynamics in the Wake of the COVID-19 Pandemic
    Göran Bolin

    3. An Ecological Approach: The Infodemic, Pandemic, and COVID-19
    Fausto Colombo

    4. Research Project Reformulation: A Narrative on the Design and Methodological Changes Implemented During the Emergency
    Leopoldina Fortunati

    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
    Anna Jupowicz-Ginalska

    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
    Bartłomiej Łódzki

    Part III: Changes in Media Content and Narration

    8. Narrative Mode of Analysis: From Media Texts to Pandemic Memoryscape
    Nevena Daković

    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
    Marina Zagidullina

    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
    Anda Rodideal

    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
    Katarzyna Kopecka-Piech


    Katarzyna Kopecka-Piech is Assistant Professor with Habilitation at Maria Curie-Skłodowska University in Lublin, Poland.

    Bartłomiej Łódzki is Assistant Professor at the University of Wroclaw, Poland.