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2nd Edition

The Routledge Companion to News and Journalism

Edited By

Stuart Allan

ISBN 9781032005850
Published November 28, 2022 by Routledge
528 Pages 3 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

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.

Table of Contents

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


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