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ARTICLE: Gaming journalists defending their role during GamerGate

During the GamerGate controversy in 2014 and 2015, gaming journalists had to manage a debate on two fronts: defending gaming journalism and remediating attacks on women. Gregory Perreault of Appalachian State University and Tim Vos of University of Missouri conducted interviews with 17 gaming journalists and analysed several published responses to criticism. The authors conducted … Continued


ARTICLE: Social media use by journalists is diverse

The article applied the notion of hybridity to compare social media adoption by journalists in Canada, Finland, Germany, Sweden, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom and the United States. Three constructs of hybridity: complexity, interdependence and transformative potential, form the framework for the analysis, writes the author, Agnes Gulyas, of Canterbury Christ Church University. Social media use by … Continued


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ARTICLE: Experiences of workplace autonomy from five countries

Autonomy is a crucial component of journalistic work. How does it vary in different organisations and across countries? The article by Henrik Örnebring, Johan Lindell, Christer Clerwall and Michael Karlsson, all of Karlstad University, examines experienced workplace autonomy. The authors did an email survey in the United Kingdom, Germany, Italy, Sweden and Estonia, basing their … Continued


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ARTICLE: Investigative reporters see themselves as messengers and reformers

Investigative journalists regard themselves as having autonomy and high job satisfaction, even though there is a lot of pessimism about the state of their work and the future. Gerry Lanosga of Indiana University Bloomington and Brant Houston of the University of Illinois studied how reporters assess their profession, the status of nonprofit newsrooms and how … Continued


ARTICLE: How minority journalists see their identity?

Most journalists working for the Korean minority media in North America consider themselves as “authentic Koreans”, writes Sherry S Yu from Temple University. The author interviewed 35 first or second generation Korean immigrant journalists in Vancouver, Canada and Los Angeles, USA. Most interviewees identified themselves as Koreans, which is in part due to the relatively … Continued


ARTICLE: Turning state media into PSB

Government-owned television has always been used for the interest of repressive regimes in Egypt, where the boundary between public service broadcasting (PSB) and state television has been blurry, write Rasha A. Abdulla, of The American University in Cairo. The article studies the boundaries between state and media in times of transition. The focus of the study … Continued


ARTICLE: Audience recognized Gawker as journalism

The audience imposed journalistic criteria upon the website Gawker, thus recognizing it as a journalistic actor, write Edson C. Tandoc Jr., of Nanyang Technological University, and Joy Jenkins, of University of Missouri. They analysed reader comments and news stories in response to Gawker publishing a particularly controversial story. The reactions to the Gawker piece, which … Continued


ARTICLE: Play metaphor is common in political PR

  The relationship between politicians and talk show producers is a tense one, write Marcel Broersma , Bas den Herder and Birte Schohaus, all of University of Groningen. The authors explore which interpretive repertoires political PR advisors use to describe their relations with talk show journalists. 10 interviews with PR advisors, and 11 interviews with Dutch politicians and … Continued


PAPER: Journalists’ role in transitional societies

New MeCoDEM working paper written by Judith Lohner, Sandra Banjac and Irene Neverla is published. The paper maps the role of journalistic actors in transitional societies when covering democratisation conflicts. The writers draw on interviews with 100 professional journalists working for local news organisations in Egypt, Kenya, Serbia and South Africa. Results show that there are specific country … Continued


ARTICLE: Constructing the identity of digital journalists

Changes to the digital media environment have been a new source of professional identity for digital journalists, write Patrick Ferrucci and Tim Vos. Their new article examines how American digital journalists construct their identity and how they differentiate their identity from others. The authors conducted 53 interviews with working digital journalists at different types of news … Continued