The Routledge Companion to Digital Journalism Studies

The Routledge Companion to Digital Journalism Studies

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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.

Compiled of 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.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 614 pages
  • 171 x 248 x 38.1mm | 1,225g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 16 Halftones, black and white; 9 Tables, black and white; 16 Illustrations, black and white
  • 113888796X
  • 9781138887961

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

Asmaa Malik and Ivor Shapiro

Deconstructing Digital Journalism Studies

Laura Ahva and Steen Steensen

Digital Journalism Ethics

Stephen J. A. Ward

The Digital Journalist: The journalistic field, boundaries, and disquieting change

Scott A. Eldridge II

The Time(s) of News Websites

Henrik Bodker

Digital footage from conflict zones: The politics of authenticity

Lilie Chouliaraki

Gatekeeping and Agenda-setting: Extant or extinct in a digital era?

Peter Bro

Part II - Investigating Digital Journalism

Rethinking Research Methods for Digital Journalism Studies

Helle Sjovaag and Michael Karlsson

Automating Massive-Scale Analysis of News Content

Thomas Lansdall-Welfare, Justin Lewis and Nello Cristianini

The Ethnography of Digital Journalism

Chris Paterson

Investigating `Churnalism' in real Time News

Tom Van Hout and Sarah Van Leuven

Digital Journalism and Big Data: Conceptualizing the relationship

Seth Lewis

Exploring Digital Journalism with Web Surveys

Annika Bergstroem and Jenny Wiik

Part III - Financial Strategies for Digital Journalism

Funding Digital Journalism: The challenges of consumers and the economic value of news Robert Picard

Resourcing a Viable Digital Journalism

Jonathan Hardy

Newspaper paywalls and corporate revenues: A comparative study

Merja Myllylahti

Computational Journalism and the Emergence of News Platforms

Nicholas Diakopoulos

Crowdsourcing in open journalism: Benefits, challenges, and value creation

Tanja Aitamurto

Community and Hyperlocal Journalism: A `sustainable' model?

Kristy Hess and Lisa Waller

Part IV - Digital Journalism Studies: Issues and Debates

Mobile News: The future of digital journalism

Oscar Westlund

Digital Journalism and Tabloid Journalism

Marco T. Bastos

Automated Journalism: A posthuman future for digital news?

Matt Carlson

Citizen Journalism: Connections, contradictions and conflicts

Melissa Wall

User Comments and Civility in YouTube

Thomas B. Ksiazek and Limor Peer

Digital Transparency and Accountability

Martin Eide

Part V - Developing Digital Journalism Practice

Data, Algorithms and Code: Implications for journalism practice in the digital age

John V. Pavlik

Self-referential Practices in Journalism: Metacoverage and metasourcing

Nete Norgaard Kristensen and Mette Mortensen

Live blogs, sources, and objectivity: The contradictions of real-time online reporting

Neil Thurman and Aljosha Karim Schapals

Follow the Click? Journalistic autonomy and web analytics

Edson C. Tandoc Jr.

Journalists' Uses of Hypertext

Juliette De Maeyer

Computer-mediated Creativity and Investigative Journalism

Meredith Broussard

Part VI - Digital Journalism and Audiences

Making Audience Engagement Visible: Publics for journalism on social media platforms

Axel Bruns

Constructing News with Audiences: A longitudinal study of CNN's integration of participatory journalism

You Li and Lea Hellmueller

Revisiting the Audience Turn in Journalism: How a user-based approach changes the meanings of clicks, transparency and citizen participation

Irene Costera Meijer and Tim Groot Kormelink

Between Proximity and Distance: Including the audience in journalism (research)

Wiebke Loosen and Jan-Hinrik Schmidt

Audiences and Information Repertoires

Uwe Hasebrink

The Spatiotemporal Dynamics of Digital News Audiences

Chris Peters

Part VII - Digital Journalism and Social Media

Transformations of Journalism Culture

Folker Hanusch

Social Media and Journalism: Hybridity, convergence, audiences and fragmentation

Agnes Gulyas

Twitter, Breaking the News and Hybridity in Journalism

Alfred Hermida

Journalists' Uses of Twitter

Ulrika Hedman and Monika Djerf-Pierre

Facebook and News Journalism

Steve Paulussen, Raymond A. Harder and Michiel Johnson

The Solo Videojournalist as Social Storyteller: Capturing subjectivity and realism with a digital toolkit and editorial vision

David Hedley

Part VIII - Digital Journalism Content

Converged Media Content: Reshaping the `legacy' of legacy media in the online scenario Jose A. Garcia-Aviles, Klaus Meier and Andy Kaltenbrunner

Newspapers and Reporting: Keystones of the journalistic field

David Ryfe

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

Guy Starkey

Longform Narrative Journalism: `Snow Fall' and beyond

David Dowling and Travis Vogan

Photojournalism and Citizen Witnessing

Stuart Allan

Developments in Infographics

Murray Dick

Part IX - Global Digital Journalism

Social Media Transforming News: Increasing public accountability in China - within limits Joyce Nip

Social Media and Radio Journalism in South Africa

Tanja Bosch

A Conundrum of Contras: The `Murdochization' of Indian journalism in a digital age

Prasun Sonwalkar

`Data trumps intuition every time': Computational journalism and the digital transformation of punditry

Brian McNair and Terry Flew

Social Media Use, Journalism, and Violence in the Northern Mexico Border

Celeste Gonzalez de Bustamante and Jeannine E. Relly

Newsroom Convergence: A comparative study of European public service broadcasting organizations

Ainara Larrondo, Ivar John Erdal, Pere Masip and Hilde Van den Bulck

Part X - Future Directions

Whistleblowing in a Digital Age: Journalism after Manning and Snowden

Einar Thorsen

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
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Review quote

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. ã 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.ã 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.ã 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.
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About Scott Eldridge

Bob Franklin is Professor of Journalism Studies at the Cardiff School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies. He is the founding editor of the journals Digital Journalism, Journalism Practice and Journalism Studies. His most recent book is The Future of Journalism: In an Age of Digital Media and Economic Uncertainty (2015).

Scott A. Eldridge II is an Assistant Professor of Journalism Studies and Media at the University of Groningen, Netherlands. His research and publications focus on changing concepts of journalism and the challenges to journalism's identity presented by emerging digital actors. He is Reviews Editor for the journal Digital Journalism and is on the editorial boards of Digital Journalism and the Journal of Applied Journalism & Media Studies.
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