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The Routledge Handbook of Developments in Digital Journalism Studies

ISBN 9781138283053
Published August 22, 2018 by Routledge
564 Pages

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The Routledge Handbook of Developments in Digital Journalism Studies offers a unique and authoritative collection of essays that report on and address the significant issues and focal debates shaping the innovative field of digital journalism studies. In the short time this field has grown, aspects of journalism have moved from the digital niche to the digital mainstay, and digital innovations have been ‘normalized’ into everyday journalistic practice. These cycles of disruption and normalization support this book’s central claim that we are witnessing the emergence of digital journalism studies as a discrete academic field.

Essays bring together the research and reflections of internationally distinguished academics, journalists, teachers, and researchers to help make sense of a reconceptualized journalism and its effects on journalism’s products, processes, resources, and the relationship between journalists and their audiences. The handbook also discusses the complexities and challenges in studying digital journalism and shines light on previously unexplored areas of inquiry such as aspects of digital resistance, protest, and minority voices.

The Routledge Handbook of Developments in Digital Journalism Studies is a carefully curated overview of the range of diverse but interrelated original research that is helping to define this emerging discipline. It will be of particular interest to undergraduate and postgraduate students studying digital, online, computational, and multimedia journalism.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Introducing the Complexities of Developments in Digital Journalism Studies

Scott A. Eldridge II & Bob Franklin

I The Digital Journalist: Making News

  1. Law defining journalists: Who’s who in the age of digital media?
  2. Jane Johnston & Anne Wallace

  3. Studying role conceptions in the digital age: A critical appraisal
  4. Folker Hanusch & Sandra Banjac

  5. Who am I? Perceptions of Digital Journalists’ Professional Identity
  6. Tim P. Vos & Patrick Ferrucci

  7. The death of the author, the rise of the robo-journalist: Authorship, bylines and full disclosure in automated journalism
  8. Tal Montal & Zvi Reich

  9. The Entrepreneurial Journalist
  10. Tamara Witschge & Frank Harbers

    II Digital Journalism Studies: Research Design

  11. Content analysis of Twitter: Big data, big studies
  12. Cornelia Brantner & Jürgen Pfeffer

  13. Innovation in Content Analysis: Freezing the flow of liquid news
  14. Rodrigo Zamith

  15. An Approach to Assessing the Robustness of Local News Provision
  16. Philip M. Napoli, Matthew Weber & Kathleen McCollough

  17. Reconstructing the Dynamics of the Digital News Ecosystem: A Case Study on News Diffusion Processes
  18. Elisabeth Günther, Florian Buhl & Thorsten Quandt

  19. Testing the Myth of Enclaves: A Discussion of Research Designs for Assessing Algorithmic Curation
  20. Jacob Ørmen

  21. Digital news users… and how to find them: Theoretical and methodological innovations in news use studies
  22. Ike Picone

    III The Political Economy of Digital Journalism

  23. What If the Future Is Not All Digital?: Trends in U.S. Newspapers’ Multiplatform Readership
  24. Hsiang Iris Chyi & Ori Tenenboim

  25. On digital distribution’s failure to solve newspapers’ existential crisis: Symptoms, causes, consequences and remedies
  26. Neil Thurman, Robert G. Picard, Merja Myllylahti & Arne H. Krumsvik

  27. Precarious E-lancers: Freelance Journalists' Rights, Contracts, Labor Organizing, and Digital Resistance
  28. Errol Salamon

  29. What Can Nonprofit Journalists Actually Do for Democracy?
  30. Magda Konieczna & Elia Powers

  31. Digital Journalism and Regulation: Ownership and Control
  32. Victor Pickard

    IV Developing Digital Journalism Practice

  33. Defining and Mapping Data Journalism and Computational Journalism: A Review of Typologies and Themes
  34. Mark Coddington

  35. Algorithms are a reporter’s best new friend: News automation and the case for augmented journalism
  36. Carl-Gustav Linden

  37. Disclose, Decode and Demystify: An Empirical Guide to Algorithmic Transparency
  38. Michael Koliska & Nicholas Diakopoulos

  39. Visual Network Exploration for Data Journalists
  40. Tommaso Venturini, Mathieu Jacomy, Liliana Bounegru & Jonathan Gray

  41. Data Journalism as a Platform: Architecture, agents, protocols
  42. Eddy Borges-Rey

  43. Social media livestreaming
  44. Claudette G. Artwick

    V Digital Journalism Studies: Dialogues

  45. Ethical approaches to computational journalism
  46. Konstantin Dörr

  47. Who owns the news? The "right to be forgotten" and journalists’ conflicting principles
  48. Ivor Shapiro & Brian MacLeod Rogers

  49. Defamation in unbounded spaces: Journalism and social media
  50. Diana Bossio & Vittoria Sacco

  51. Hacks, Hackers and the Expansive Boundaries of Journalism
  52. Nikki Usher

  53. Journalistic freedom and the surveillance of journalists post-Snowden
  54. Paul Lashmar

    VI Minority Voices and Protest: Narratives of freedom and resistance

  55. How and Why Pop Up News Ecologies Come into Being
  56. Melissa Wall

  57. The Movement and its mobile journalism: A phenomenology of Black Lives Matter journalist-activists
  58. Allissa V. Richardson

  59. Nature as Knowledge: The Politics of Science, Open Data, and Environmental Media Platforms
  60. Inka Salovaara

  61. Opting In and Opting Out of Media
  62. Bonnie Brennen

  63. Silencing the Female Voice: The Cyber Abuse of Women on the Internet
  64. Pamela Hill Nettleton

    VII Digital Limits: New debates and challenges for the future

  65. Social Media and Journalistic Branding: Explication, Enactment, and Impact
  66. Avery E. Holton & Logan Molyneux

  67. Reconsidering the Intersection Between Digital Journalism and Games: Sketching a critical perspective
  68. Igor Vobic

  69. Native Advertising and the appropriation of journalistic clout
  70. Raul Ferrer-Conill & Michael Karlsson

  71. User Comments in Digital Journalism: Current Research and Future Directions
  72. Thomas B. Ksiazek & Nina Springer

  73. Theorizing Digital Journalism: The Limits of Linearity and the Rise of Relationships
  74. Jane B. Singer

  75. Outsourcing censorship and surveillance: The privatization of governance as an information control strategy in the case of Turkey

Aras Coskuntuncel

Epilogue: Situating journalism in the digital: A plea for studying news flows, users, and materiality

Marcel Broersma


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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), an associate editor of Digital Journalism, and co-editor with Bob Franklin of The Routledge Companion to Digital Journalism Studies (2017).

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).


"In today's rapidly shifting digital media world, industry developments that seemed radical only a few years ago may be suddenly passé … and old thoughts and theories may be due for a rebirth. The Routledge Handbook of Developments in Digital Journalism Studies tracks these rapid changes with clarity and insight."

C.W. Anderson, Professor of Media and Communication, University of Leeds, UK