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.
Table of Contents
Introduction: Defining Digital Journalism Studies
Scott A. Eldridge II and Bob Franklin
Part I – Conceptualizing Digital Journalism Studies
- What’s Digital? What’s Journalism
- Deconstructing Digital Journalism Studies
- Digital Journalism Ethics
- The Digital Journalist: The journalistic field, boundaries, and disquieting change
- The Time(s) of News Websites
- Digital footage from conflict zones: The politics of authenticity
- Gatekeeping and Agenda-setting: Extant or extinct in a digital era?
- Rethinking Research Methods for Digital Journalism Studies
- Automating Massive-Scale Analysis of News Content
- The Ethnography of Digital Journalism
- Investigating ‘Churnalism’ in real Time News
- Digital Journalism and Big Data: Conceptualizing the relationship
- Exploring Digital Journalism with Web Surveys
- Funding Digital Journalism: The challenges of consumers and the economic value of news Robert Picard
- Resourcing a Viable Digital Journalism
- Newspaper paywalls and corporate revenues: A comparative study
- Computational Journalism and the Emergence of News Platforms
- Crowdsourcing in open journalism: Benefits, challenges, and value creation
- Community and Hyperlocal Journalism: A ‘sustainable’ model?
- Mobile News: The future of digital journalism
- Digital Journalism and Tabloid Journalism
- Automated Journalism: A posthuman future for digital news?
- Citizen Journalism: Connections, contradictions and conflicts
- User Comments and Civility in YouTube
- Digital Transparency and Accountability
- Data, Algorithms and Code: Implications for journalism practice in the digital age
- Self-referential Practices in Journalism: Metacoverage and metasourcing
- Live blogs, sources, and objectivity: The contradictions of real-time online reporting
- Follow the Click? Journalistic autonomy and web analytics
- Journalists’ Uses of Hypertext
- Computer-mediated Creativity and Investigative Journalism
- Making Audience Engagement Visible: Publics for journalism on social media platforms
- Constructing News with Audiences: A longitudinal study of CNN’s integration of participatory journalism
- Revisiting the Audience Turn in Journalism: How a user-based approach changes the meanings of clicks, transparency and citizen participation
- Between Proximity and Distance: Including the audience in journalism (research)
- Audiences and Information Repertoires
- The Spatiotemporal Dynamics of Digital News Audiences
- Transformations of Journalism Culture
- Social Media and Journalism: Hybridity, convergence, audiences and fragmentation
- Twitter, Breaking the News and Hybridity in Journalism
- Journalists’ Uses of Twitter
- Facebook and News Journalism
- The Solo Videojournalist as Social Storyteller: Capturing subjectivity and realism with a digital toolkit and editorial vision
- Converged Media Content: Reshaping the ‘legacy’ of legacy media in the online scenario Jose A. García-Avilés, Klaus Meier and Andy Kaltenbrunner
- Newspapers and Reporting: Keystones of the journalistic field
- The New Kids on the Block: The pictures, text, time-shifted audio and podcasts of digital radio journalism online
- Longform Narrative Journalism: ‘Snow Fall’ and beyond
- Photojournalism and Citizen Witnessing
- Developments in Infographics
- Social Media Transforming News: Increasing public accountability in China – within limits Joyce Nip
- Social Media and Radio Journalism in South Africa
- A Conundrum of Contras: The ‘Murdochization’ of Indian journalism in a digital age
- ‘Data trumps intuition every time’: Computational journalism and the digital transformation of punditry
- Social Media Use, Journalism, and Violence in the Northern Mexico Border
- Newsroom Convergence: A comparative study of European public service broadcasting organizations
- Whistleblowing in a Digital Age: Journalism after Manning and Snowden
- Surveillance in a Digital Age
Asmaa Malik and Ivor Shapiro
Laura Ahva and Steen Steensen
Stephen J. A. Ward
Scott A. Eldridge II
Part II – Investigating Digital Journalism
Helle Sjøvaag and Michael Karlsson
Thomas Lansdall-Welfare, Justin Lewis and Nello Cristianini
Tom Van Hout and Sarah Van Leuven
Annika Bergström and Jenny Wiik
Part III – Financial Strategies for Digital Journalism
Kristy Hess and Lisa Waller
Part IV – Digital Journalism Studies: Issues and Debates
Marco T. Bastos
Thomas B. Ksiazek and Limor Peer
Part V – Developing Digital Journalism Practice
John V. Pavlik
Nete Nørgaard Kristensen and Mette Mortensen
Neil Thurman and Aljosha Karim Schapals
Edson C. Tandoc Jr.
Juliette De Maeyer
Part VI – Digital Journalism and Audiences
You Li and Lea Hellmueller
Irene Costera Meijer and Tim Groot Kormelink
Wiebke Loosen and Jan-Hinrik Schmidt
Part VII – Digital Journalism and Social Media
Ulrika Hedman and Monika Djerf-Pierre
Steve Paulussen, Raymond A. Harder and Michiel Johnson
Part VIII – Digital Journalism Content
David Dowling and Travis Vogan
Part IX – Global Digital Journalism
Brian McNair and Terry Flew
Celeste González de Bustamante and Jeannine E. Relly
Ainara Larrondo, Ivar John Erdal, Pere Masip and Hilde Van den Bulck
Part X - Future Directions
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?
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.
Featured Author Profiles
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.