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The Handbook of Journalism Studies

1st Edition

Edited by Karin Wahl-Jorgensen, Thomas Hanitzsch


472 pages

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This Handbook charts the growing area of journalism studies, exploring the current state of theory and setting an agenda for future research in an international context. The volume is structured around theoretical and empirical approaches, and covers scholarship on news production and organizations; news content; journalism and society; and journalism in a global context. Emphasizing comparative and global perspectives, each chapter explores:

  • Key elements, thinkers, and texts
  • Historical context
  • Current state of the art
  • Methodological issues
  • Merits and advantages of the approach/area of studies
  • Limitations and critical issues of the approach/area of studies
  • Directions for future research

Offering broad international coverage from top-tier contributors, this volume ranks among the first publications to serve as a comprehensive resource addressing theory and scholarship in journalism studies. As such, the Handbook of Journalism Studies is a must-have resource for scholars and graduate students working in journalism, media studies, and communication around the globe.


Contributors to The handbook of journalism studies should be congratulated. They have brought together a text that maps the “key theoretical and empirical traditions, fi elds of inquiry and scholarly debates in journalism studies”. This is not a how-to-do journalism text. Rather, it is a scholarly reference book that provides an overarching schema for thinking about and investigating issues relating to journalism – past, present and future…It is an essential reference for journalism academics and students." -- Rhonda Breit, Australian Journalism Review 31 (1)

Table of Contents

Part I: Introducing Journalism Studies

1 Introduction : On why and how we should do journalism studies

Karin Wahl-Jorgensen & Thomas Hanitzsch

2 Journalism History

Kevin G. Barnhurst & John Nerone

3 Journalism and the Academy

Barbie Zelizer

4 Journalism Education

Beate Josephi

Part II: News Production

5 News Organizations and Routines

Lee B. Becker & Tudor Vlad

6 Journalists as Gatekeepers

Pamela J. Shoemaker, Tim P. Vos & Stephen D. Reese

7 Objectivity, Professionalism, and Truth Seeking in Journalism

Michael Schudson & Chris Anderson

8 Reporters and Their Sources

Daniel A. Berkowitz

9 Gender in the Newsroom

Linda Steiner

10 Convergence and Cross-Platform Content Production

Thorsten Quandt & Jane Singer

Part III: News Content

11 Agenda Setting

Renita Coleman, Maxwell McCombs, Donald Shaw & David Weaver

12 News Values and Selectivity

Deirdre O’Neill & Tony Harcup

13 Nature, Sources and Effects of News Framing

Robert M. Entman, Jörg Matthes & Lynn Pellicano

14 News, Discourse and Ideology

Teun A. van Dijk

15 Rethinking News and Myth as Storytelling

S. Elizabeth Bird & Robert W. Dardenne

16 The Commercialization of News

John McManus

Part IV: Journalism and Society

17 Journalism and Democracy

Brian McNair

18 Journalism, Public Relations and Spin

David Miller & William Dinan

19 Alternative and Citizen Journalism

Chris Atton

20 Journalism Law and Regulation

Kyu Ho Youm

21 Journalism Ethics

Stephen J. A. Ward

22 Journalism and Popular Culture

John Hartley

23 Audience Reception and News in Everyday Life

Mirca Madianou

Part V: Journalism Studies in a Global Context

24 Journalism and Globalization

Simon Cottle

25 Development Journalism

Xu Xiaoge

26 Advocacy Journalism in a Global Context

Silvio Waisbord

27 Covering War and Peace

Howard Tumber

28 Researching Public Service Broadcasting

Hallvard Moe & Trine Syvertsen

29 Comparative Journalism Studies

Thomas Hanitzsch

30 Towards De-Westernizing Journalism Studies

Herman Wasserman & Arnold S de Beer

List of Contributors


About the Editors

Karin Wahl-Jorgensen is Reader in the Cardiff School of Journalism, Media, and Cultural Studies, Cardiff University, Wales. Her work on media, democracy, and citizenship has been published in more than 20 international journals as well as in numerous books.

Thomas Hanitzsch is Assistant Professor in the Institute of Mass Communication and Media Research at the University of Zurich. He founded the ICA’s Journalism Studies Division and has published four books and more than 50 articles and chapters on journalism, comparative communication research, online media and war coverage.

About the Series

ICA Handbook Series

The ICA Handbook Series is a joint venture between the International Communication Association and Routledge. It is a series of scholarly handbooks that represent the interests of ICA members and help to further the association’s goals of promoting theory and research in the communication discipline.

These handbooks serve as benchmark summaries of current communication scholarship and set the agenda for future theory and research in the communication discipline. The series includes handbooks that consider content areas in communication research, methodological approaches to communication research, and theoretical lenses for scholarship in communication. The series volumes attempt to cross sub-disciplinary boundaries to address timely problems of international scope, not just representing different areas of the field but bringing them together to focus on intersecting problems and research interests. Such problems may be formulated as topical concerns (globalization; democracy; gaming and virtual environments; gender and sexuality), theoretical approaches (social cognition; critical studies), or matters of communication in general (communication theory across cultures; communication history).

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Communication Studies