2nd Edition

The Routledge Companion to News and Journalism

Edited By Stuart Allan Copyright 2023
    528 Pages 3 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    The Routledge Companion to News and Journalism brings together scholars committed to the conceptual and methodological development of news and journalism studies from around the world.

    Across 50 chapters, organized thematically over seven sections, contributions examine a range of pressing challenges for news reporting – including digital convergence, mobile platforms, web analytics and datafication, social media polarization, and the use of drones. Journalism’s mediation of social issues is also explored, such as those pertaining to human rights, civic engagement, gender inequalities, the environmental crisis, and the Black Lives Matter movement. Each section raises important questions for academic research, generating fresh insights into journalistic forms, practices, and epistemologies. The Companion furthers our understanding of why we have ended up with the kind of news reporting we have today – its remarkable strengths, the difficulties it faces, and how we might improve upon it for tomorrow.

    Completely revised and updated for its second edition, this volume is ideal for advanced undergraduates, postgraduates, researchers, and academics in the fields of news, media, and journalism studies.

    List of Contributors

    Introduction: The value(s) of truth-seeking in news and journalism

    Stuart Allan

    PART I Journalism and Democracy

    1. News and the Public Sphere

    C.W. Anderson

    2. India’s Imperilled Public Sphere: Challenges to Independent Journalism in the World’s Largest Democracy

    Kalyani Chadha

    3. The Political Economy of Contemporary Journalism and the Crisis of Public Knowledge

    Peter Golding and Graham Murdock

    4. Journalism and Community Engagement as if Democracy Matters

    Lana F. Rakow

    5. The so-called "crisis" of trust in journalism

    Rachel E. Moran

    6. Journalists, Epistemology, and Authority

    Matt Carlson

    7. Social Roles of Journalism

    Tim Vos

    8. Bargaining with local journalism’s value

    Kristy Hess and Lisa Waller

    PART II Rewriting the Rules of Reporting

    9. Journalism’s Multiple Gods: Objectivity, Its Variants, and Its Rivals

    Michael Schudson

    10. Newsroom cultures at risk? Journalism’s reliance on web metrics and analytics

    Valérie Bélair-Gagnon and Avery E. Holton

    11. The Changing Status of Women Journalists

    Linda Steiner and Dinfin Mulupi

    12. Digital Journalism in China: Media Convergence, the ‘Central Kitchen’ and the Platformization of News

    Jing Meng and Shixin Ivy Zhang

    13. Convergent Journalism: Cross-media content strategies to improve the quality of Thai news reporting

    Sakulsri Srisaracam

    14. Pop Up Newsrooms: From New Collaborations to Counter Narratives

    Melissa Wall

    15. Online trolling of journalists

    Silvio Waisbord

    PART III News, Mobilities and Data

    16. Witnessing George Floyd: Tracing Black mobile journalism’s rise, impact and enduring questions

    Allissa V. Richardson

    17. Mobility, smartphones and news

    Andrew Duffy and Oscar Westlund

    18. Journalism and Data Justice: Critically Reporting Datafication

    Arne Hintz, Emiliano Treré and Naomi Owen

    19. Balancing between "statistical panic" and "statistical boredom": News, numbers and narratives in the risk society

    Brendan Lawson and An Nguyen

    20. Hybrid journalism

    Stephen D. Reese

    21. Podcast journalism and performative transparency

    Mia Lindgren

    22. Drone journalism: the invisibility of the aerial view

    Jonas Harvard

    PART IV Crisis, Conflict and War Reporting

    23. News reporting of the COVID-19 Pandemic: Perspectives from the Global South

    Sara Chinnasamy and Felipe F. Salvosa II

    24. Risk journalism and globalized crisis ecologies: Journalists as ‘cosmopolitan’ actors

    Ingrid Volkmer

    25. Video Journalism and Human Rights

    Sandra Ristovska

    26. Beyond verification: UGC as embodied testimony in conflict news

    Lilie Chouliaraki and Omar Al-Ghazzi

    27. The Ethics of War Reporting

    Donald Matheson

    28. News Reporting of Pakistan and the War on Terror

    Shahzad Ali and Ahmer Safwan

    29. Photojournalism and the US-led invasion of Afghanistan

    Stuart Allan

    PART V Representing Realities

    30. Journalism and Environmental Futures

    Libby Lester

    31. News reporting of poverty and inequality

    Jairo Lugo-Ocando

    32. Journalism and Gender Violence

    Lisa Cuklanz

    33. Women in Sports News: Challenges posed by the emergence of popular feminism

    Erin Whiteside

    34. Celebrity News Online: Changing Media, Actors, and Stories

    Anne Jerslev and Mette Mortensen

    35. Girls, News, and Public Cultures

    Cynthia Carter and Kaitlynn Mendes

    36. Socially Responsible Journalism: Diverse Responses to Polarisation

    Laura Ahva

    PART VI Envisioning Alternative Journalisms

    37. News Audiences and the Challenges of Digital Citizenship

    Chris Peters

    38. Contextualizing Citizen Visual Journalism: Narrative and Testimony

    Mary Angela Bock

    39. Citizen Journalism, electoral conflict and peace-building processes in Kenya and Zimbabwe

    Jacinta Maweu and Admire Mare

    40. Journalism and counterpublics: Is journalism for all the people?

    Bolette B. Blaagaard

    41. News Literacy Practice in a Culture of Infodemic

    Paul Mihailidis

    42. Journalism and Ethnoracial Minorities

    Sherry S. Yu and George L. Daniels

    43. Teaching innovation and entrepreneurship. Journalism students as change agents?

    Marcel Broersma and Jane B. Singer

    PART VII Globalising Journalisms

    44. Comparing journalistic cultures across nations

    Folker Hanusch

    45. Fringe Benefits: Weekly Magazines and Access Journalism in Japan

    David McNeill and Kaori Hayashi

    46. Arab Investigative Journalism: Exploring Processes of Cultural Change

    Saba Bebawi

    47. Theorizing Journalism and the Global South

    Bruce Mutsvairo and Kristin Skare Orgeret

    48. Mapping anti-press violence in Latin America: Prospects for reform

    Mireya Márquez-Ramírez

    49. Devalued News Workers in the Labor of International Journalism: Local Stringers and Fixers

    Lyndsay Palmer

    50. Digital journalistic cultures on social media

    Claudia Mellado



    Stuart Allan is Professor of Journalism and Communication in the School of Journalism, Media and Culture, Cardiff University, UK.