The Future of Journalism: Developments and Debates analyses the radical shifts in journalism which are changing every aspect of the gathering, reporting and reception of news. The drivers of these changes include the rapid innovations in communication technologies, the competitive and fragmenting markets for audiences and advertising revenues, and the collapse of traditional business models for financing media organisations, as well as changing audience requirements for news, the ways in which it is presented and the expansive number of (increasingly mobile) devices on which it is produced and consumed. Each of these trends has significant implications for journalists - for their jobs, workplaces, products and perceptions of their professional roles, ethical judgements and day-to-day practice. They also pose significant challenges for the future funding of a sustainable, critical and high ‘quality’ democratic journalism.
The Future of Journalism: Developments and Debates comprises the research-based responses of distinguished academic specialists and professional journalists to the challenging issues involved in assessing the future of journalism. It is essential reading for everyone interested in the changing role of journalism in the economic, democratic and cultural life of communities locally, nationally and globally.
This book was originally published as two special issues of Journalism Studies and Journalism Practice.
1. Introduction: The Future of Journalism – Developments and Debates Part I: The Future of Journalism: News, Democracy and ‘infotainment’ 2. Farewell to Journalism? Time for a Rethinking 3. Journalism To Go: The changing spaces of news consumption 4. The effect of soft news on public attachment to the news: Is ‘infotainment’ good for democracy? 5. Determinants of news content: Comparing journalists’ perceptions of the normative and actual impact of different event properties when deciding what’s news Part II: Funding the Future of Journalism 6. Why Old Media Will be Funding Journalism in the Future 7. Aggregation, Content Farms and Huffinization: The rise of low-pay and no-pay journalism 8. The 4C’s of Mobile News: Channels, Conversation, Content and Commerce 9. Crowdfunding and Non-Profit Media: The emergence of new models for public interest journalism 10. The Strategic Repertoire of Publishers in the Media Crisis: The "Five C" Scheme in Germany 11. Converging Journalism: Producing and publishing news for multi-platform conglomerates in Canada 12. Who Pays for Good Journalism? Accountability journalism and media ownership in the Central and Eastern European countries Part III: Digital Media and a Changing Journalism Practice 13. The Algorithms behind the Headlines: How machine-written news redefines the core skills of human journalists 14. Tweets and Truth: Journalism as a discipline of collaborative verification 15. Sociability, Speed and Quality in the Changing news Environment 16. Twitter Links between Politicians and Journalists 17. Share, Like, Recommend: Decoding the Social Media News Consumer 18. The Future of Personalisation at News Websites: Lessons from a longitudinal study 19. The form of online news in the mainstream U.S. press, 2001–2010 20. Researching News Discussion on Twitter: New methodologies 21. The Journalistic Hyperlink: Prescriptive discourses about linking in online news 22. Breaking News Online: How news stories are updated and maintained around-the-clock 23. The Re-birth of the 'Beat': A hyperlocal newsgathering model 24. The Printed Rise of the Common Man: How Web 2.0 has changed the representation of ordinary people in newspapers Part IV: Journalism: Changing Professional Roles, Perceptions and Identities 25. Freelance Journalists as a Flexible Workforce in Media Industries 26. "We Used to be Queens and Now We Are Slaves": Working conditions and professional and Career strategies in the Journalistic Field 27. Russian and Swedish Journalists: Professional roles, ideals and daily reality 28. Three Generations of Polish Journalists: Professional roles and identities Part V: Changing Global Journalism 29. Foreign Reporting in the Sphere of Network Journalism 30. Which Future for Foreign Correspondence? London foreign correspondents in the age of global media 31. WikiLeaks: Ethical minefield or a democratic revolution in journalism?A case study of the impact of Afghanistan coverage in the Norwegian daily, Aftenposten 32. The Newsroom of the Future: Newsroom convergence models in China 33. The Convergence Process in Public Audiovisual Groups: The case of Basque public radio television (EITB)
The journal Journalism Studies was established at the turn of the new millennium by Bob Franklin. It was launched in the context of a burgeoning interest in the scholarly study of journalism and an expansive global community of journalism scholars and researchers. The ambition was to provide a forum for the critical discussion and study of journalism as a subject of intellectual inquiry but also an arena of professional practice. Previously, the study of journalism in the UK and much of Europe was a fairly marginal branch of the larger disciplines of media, communication and cultural studies; only a handful of Universities offered degree programmes in the subject. Journalism Studies has flourished and succeeded in providing the intended public space for discussion of research on key issues within the field, to the point where in 2007 a sister journal, Journalism Practice, was launched to enable an enhanced focus on practice-based issues, as well as foregrounding studies of journalism education, training and professional concerns. Both journals are among the leading ranked journals within the field and publish six issues annually, in electronic and print formats. From the outset, the publication of themed issues has been a commitment for both journals. Their purpose is first, to focus on highly significant or neglected areas of the field; second, to facilitate discussion and analysis of important and topical policy issues; and third, to offer readers an especially high quality and closely focused set of essays, analyses and discussions; or all three.
The Journalism Studies: Theory and Practice book series draws on a wide range of these themed issues from both journals and thereby extends the critical and public forum provided by them. The Editor of the journals works closely with guest editors to ensure that the books achieve relevance for readers and the highest standards of research rigour and academic excellence. The series makes a significant contribution to the field of journalism studies by inviting distinguished scholars, academics and journalism practitioners to discuss and debate the central concerns within the field. It also reaches a wider readership of scholars, students and practitioners across the social sciences, humanities and communication arts, encouraging them to engage critically with, but also to interrogate, the specialist scholarly studies of journalism which this series provides.