1st Edition

The Routledge Companion to Digital Journalism Studies

Edited By Bob Franklin, Scott A. Eldridge II Copyright 2017
    640 Pages 16 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    640 Pages 16 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    The Routledge Companion to Digital Journalism Studies offers an unprecedented collection of essays addressing the key issues and debates shaping the field of Digital Journalism Studies today.

    Across the last decade, journalism has undergone many changes, which have driven scholars to reassess its most fundamental questions, and in the face of digital change, to ask again: ‘Who is a journalist?’ and ‘What is journalism?’. This companion explores a developing scholarly agenda committed to understanding digital journalism and brings together the work of key scholars seeking to address key theoretical concerns and solve unique methodological riddles.

    Comprising 58 original essays from distinguished academics across the globe, this Companion draws together the work of those making sense of this fundamental reconceptualization of journalism, and assesses its impacts on journalism’s products, its practices, resources, and its relationship with audiences. It also outlines the challenge presented by studying digital journalism and, more importantly, offers a first set of answers.

    This collection is the very first of its kind to attempt to distinguish this emerging field as a unique area of academic inquiry. Through identifying its core questions and presenting its fundamental debates, this Companion sets the agenda for years to come in defining this new field of study as Digital Journalism Studies, making it an essential point of reference for students and scholars of journalism.

    Introduction: Defining Digital Journalism Studies

    Scott A. Eldridge II and Bob Franklin

    Part I – Conceptualizing Digital Journalism Studies

    1. What’s Digital? What’s Journalism
    2. Asmaa Malik and Ivor Shapiro

    3. Deconstructing Digital Journalism Studies
    4. Laura Ahva and Steen Steensen

    5. Digital Journalism Ethics
    6. Stephen J. A. Ward

    7. The Digital Journalist: The journalistic field, boundaries, and disquieting change
    8. Scott A. Eldridge II

    9. The Time(s) of News Websites
    10. Henrik Bødker

    11. Digital footage from conflict zones: The politics of authenticity
    12. Lilie Chouliaraki

    13. Gatekeeping and Agenda-setting: Extant or extinct in a digital era?
    14. Peter Bro

      Part II – Investigating Digital Journalism

    15. Rethinking Research Methods for Digital Journalism Studies
    16. Helle Sjøvaag and Michael Karlsson

    17. Automating Massive-Scale Analysis of News Content
    18. Thomas Lansdall-Welfare, Justin Lewis and Nello Cristianini

    19. The Ethnography of Digital Journalism
    20. Chris Paterson

    21. Investigating ‘Churnalism’ in real Time News
    22. Tom Van Hout and Sarah Van Leuven

    23. Digital Journalism and Big Data: Conceptualizing the relationship
    24. Seth Lewis

    25. Exploring Digital Journalism with Web Surveys
    26. Annika Bergström and Jenny Wiik

      Part III – Financial Strategies for Digital Journalism

    27. Funding Digital Journalism: The challenges of consumers and the economic value of news Robert Picard
    28. Resourcing a Viable Digital Journalism
    29. Jonathan Hardy

    30. Newspaper paywalls and corporate revenues: A comparative study
    31. Merja Myllylahti

    32. Computational Journalism and the Emergence of News Platforms
    33. Nicholas Diakopoulos

    34. Crowdsourcing in open journalism: Benefits, challenges, and value creation
    35. Tanja Aitamurto

    36. Community and Hyperlocal Journalism: A ‘sustainable’ model?
    37. Kristy Hess and Lisa Waller

      Part IV – Digital Journalism Studies: Issues and Debates

    38. Mobile News: The future of digital journalism
    39. Oscar Westlund

    40. Digital Journalism and Tabloid Journalism
    41. Marco T. Bastos

    42. Automated Journalism: A posthuman future for digital news?
    43. Matt Carlson

    44. Citizen Journalism: Connections, contradictions and conflicts
    45. Melissa Wall

    46. User Comments and Civility in YouTube
    47. Thomas B. Ksiazek and Limor Peer

    48. Digital Transparency and Accountability
    49. Martin Eide

      Part V – Developing Digital Journalism Practice

    50. Data, Algorithms and Code: Implications for journalism practice in the digital age
    51. John V. Pavlik

    52. Self-referential Practices in Journalism: Metacoverage and metasourcing
    53. Nete Nørgaard Kristensen and Mette Mortensen

    54. Live blogs, sources, and objectivity: The contradictions of real-time online reporting
    55. Neil Thurman and Aljosha Karim Schapals

    56. Follow the Click? Journalistic autonomy and web analytics
    57. Edson C. Tandoc Jr.

    58. Journalists’ Uses of Hypertext
    59. Juliette De Maeyer

    60. Computer-mediated Creativity and Investigative Journalism
    61. Meredith Broussard

      Part VI – Digital Journalism and Audiences

    62. Making Audience Engagement Visible: Publics for journalism on social media platforms
    63. Axel Bruns

    64. Constructing News with Audiences: A longitudinal study of CNN’s integration of participatory journalism
    65. You Li and Lea Hellmueller

    66. Revisiting the Audience Turn in Journalism: How a user-based approach changes the meanings of clicks, transparency and citizen participation
    67. Irene Costera Meijer and Tim Groot Kormelink

    68. Between Proximity and Distance: Including the audience in journalism (research)
    69. Wiebke Loosen and Jan-Hinrik Schmidt

    70. Audiences and Information Repertoires
    71. Uwe Hasebrink

    72. The Spatiotemporal Dynamics of Digital News Audiences
    73. Chris Peters

      Part VII – Digital Journalism and Social Media

    74. Transformations of Journalism Culture
    75. Folker Hanusch

    76. Social Media and Journalism: Hybridity, convergence, audiences and fragmentation
    77. Agnes Gulyas

    78. Twitter, Breaking the News and Hybridity in Journalism
    79. Alfred Hermida

    80. Journalists’ Uses of Twitter
    81. Ulrika Hedman and Monika Djerf-Pierre

    82. Facebook and News Journalism
    83. Steve Paulussen, Raymond A. Harder and Michiel Johnson

    84. The Solo Videojournalist as Social Storyteller: Capturing subjectivity and realism with a digital toolkit and editorial vision
    85. David Hedley

      Part VIII – Digital Journalism Content

    86. Converged Media Content: Reshaping the ‘legacy’ of legacy media in the online scenario Jose A. García-Avilés, Klaus Meier and Andy Kaltenbrunner
    87. Newspapers and Reporting: Keystones of the journalistic field
    88. David Ryfe

    89. The New Kids on the Block: The pictures, text, time-shifted audio and podcasts of digital radio journalism online
    90. Guy Starkey

    91. Longform Narrative Journalism: ‘Snow Fall’ and beyond
    92. David Dowling and Travis Vogan

    93. Photojournalism and Citizen Witnessing
    94. Stuart Allan

    95. Developments in Infographics
    96. Murray Dick

      Part IX – Global Digital Journalism

    97. Social Media Transforming News: Increasing public accountability in China – within limits Joyce Nip
    98. Social Media and Radio Journalism in South Africa
    99. Tanja Bosch

    100. A Conundrum of Contras: The ‘Murdochization’ of Indian journalism in a digital age
    101. Prasun Sonwalkar

    102. ‘Data trumps intuition every time’: Computational journalism and the digital transformation of punditry
    103. Brian McNair and Terry Flew

    104. Social Media Use, Journalism, and Violence in the Northern Mexico Border
    105. Celeste González de Bustamante and Jeannine E. Relly

    106. Newsroom Convergence: A comparative study of European public service broadcasting organizations
    107. Ainara Larrondo, Ivar John Erdal, Pere Masip and Hilde Van den Bulck

      Part X - Future Directions

    108. Whistleblowing in a Digital Age: Journalism after Manning and Snowden
    109. Einar Thorsen

    110. Surveillance in a Digital Age

    Arne Hintz, Lina Dencik and Karin Wahl-Jorgensen

    Epilogue: Digital Journalism, A golden age, a data-driven dream, a paradise for readers – or the proletarianization of a profession?

    Toby Miller


    Bob Franklin held the foundation Chair in Journalism Studies at Cardiff University from 2005-2018, is founding editor of the journals Digital Journalism, Journalism Practice and Journalism Studies and edits the new book series Disruptions: Studies in Digital Journalism. Recent publications include The Future of Journalism: In an Age of Digital Media and Economic Uncertainty (2016).

    Scott A. Eldridge II is an assistant professor at the University of Groningen, the Netherlands. He is the author of Online Journalism from the Periphery: Interloper Media and the Journalistic Field (2018) and an associate editor of Digital Journalism.


    This outstanding volume includes insights from every leading scholar doing thought provoking research on digital journalism. Everything you need to know about the state of contemporary journalism: the why, the how, and with what effect - it's all here, in this engaging and forward thinking Companion to Digital Journalism Studies.

    Zizi Papacharissi, Professor and Head, Communication, University of Illinois at Chicago.

    Bob Franklin and Scott Eldridge have created a foundational text for the development of digital journalism studies as an emerging interdisciplinary field of study.  The Routledge Companion to Digital Journalism Studies is a masterful collection, addressing key ideas, issues and concerns shaping the field and exploring conceptual, professional, methodological and ethical considerations related to digital journalism studies. Framed globally, this must-read text includes 58 original articles, which focus on the implications of economic, cultural, social, political and technological conditions facing digital journalism studies while addressing key changes in the way people now engage with news and information.

    Bonnie Brennen, Nieman Professor of Journalism, Marquette University, USA.

    The world of news and journalism is changing fast as the internet has become a common means of news gathering and distribution.  The Routledge Companion to Digital Journalism Studies offers a comprehensive collection of essays analysing ‘digital journalism’ and ‘Digital Journalism Studies’ and makes an irreplaceable and timely contribution to the field.  Very familiar concepts like news and journalism are now up for complete overhaul, and this essential compilation of original work provides a major input to this task.

    Peter Golding, Emeritus Professor, Northumbria University, UK.