The future of newspapers is hotly contested. Pessimistic pundits predict their imminent demise while others envisage a new era of participatory journalism online, with yet others advocating increased investment "in quality journalism" rather than free gifts and DVDs, as the necessary cure for the current parlous state of newspapers.
Globally, newspapers confront highly variable prospects reflecting their location in different market sectors, countries and journalism cultures. But despite this diversity, they face similar challenges in responding to the increased competition from expansive radio and 24 hour television news channels; the emergence of free "Metro" papers; the delivery of news services on billboards, pod casts and mobile telephony; the development of online editions, as well as the burgeoning of blogs, citizen journalists and User Generated Content. Newspapers’ revenue streams are also under attack as advertising increasingly migrates online.
This authoritative collection of research based essays by distinguished scholars and journalists from around the globe, brings together a judicious mix of academic expertise and professional journalistic experience to analyse and report on the future of newspapers.
This book was published as special issues of Journalism Practice and Journalism Studies.
Editorial: The Future of Newspapers 1. The Curse of Introversion 2. The Future of Newspapers: Historical Perspectives 3. Mapping Professional Imagination: On the Potential of Professional Culture in the Newspapers of the Future 4. "The Supremacy of Ignorance over Instruction and of Numbers over Knowledge": Journalism, Popular Culture and the English Constitution 5. Newspapers go for Advertising! Challenges and Opportunities in a Changing Media Environment 6. Shifts in Newspaper Advertising Expenditures and their Implications for the Future of Newspapers 7. (No) News on the World Wide Web? A comparative content analysis of online news in Europe and the US 8. How Citizens Create News Stories: The "News Access" Problem Reversed 9. Deliberativeness of Online Political Discussion: a Content Analysis of the Guangzhou Daily Website 10. The Consumer as Producer – of What? User-generated Tabloid Content in The Sun (UK) and Aftonbladet (Sweden) 11. Attack of the Killer Newspapers! The ‘Tabloid Revolution’ in South Africa and the Future of Newspapers 12. The History of a Surviving Species: Defining Eras in the Evolution of Foreign Correspondence 13. International News from Paris- and London-based Agency News-rooms 14. What Future for Local News? The Crisis of the French Regional Daily Press 15. Participatory Journalism Practices in the Media and Beyond: An International Comparative Study of Initiatives in Online Newspapers 16. A Clash of Cultures: The Integration of User-generated Content within Professional Journalistic Frameworks at British Newspaper Websites 17. Old Values, New Media: Journalism Role Perceptions in a Changing World 18. The Future of ‘Responsible Journalism’: Defamation Law, Public Debate and News Production 19. Tabloid Nouveau Genre: Format Change and News Content in Quebec City’s Le Soleil 20. Gossip, Sport And Pretty Girls: What Does ‘Trivial’ Journalism Mean to Tabloid Newspaper Readers? 21. Newspapers in Education in Flanders: A Press Policy to Support the Future Readership Market for Newspapers 22. The Simultaneous Rise and Fall of Free and Paid Newspapers in Europe 23. Obituaries for Sale: Wellspring of Cash and Unreliable Testimony 24. From Newspapers to Multimedia Group: Business Growth Strategies of the Regional Press in Spain 25. "If You Can’t Earn Enough – Teach" Newspaper Journalists as Journalism Lecturers in Israel 26. Newspaper Negotiations: The Crossroads of Community Newspaper Journalists’ Values and Labor 27. The Passive Journalist: How Sources Dominate Local News
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.