ARTICLE: Research should cut back on celebrating innovation

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Brian Creech, of Temple University, and Anthony M. Nadler, of Ursinus College, argue against journalistic innovation as a scholar-supported ideal. The authors analysed “over 50” research documents dealing with the future of journalism, prepared by various organisations between 2009 and 2016.

The investigated literature largely advocates innovation and change as the panacea to journalism’s ills, the authors claim. Furthermore, the studies’ focus is on market-driven forms of journalism, and the recommendations provided are constrained by this rubric.

Rather than celebrating innovation in journalism business, scholars should focus on journalism’s lasting -and crucial- features. Instead of asking how journalism can be kept a sustainable business, research should investigate the interrelation between journalism and democracy, Creech and Nadler argue.

The article “Post-industrial fog” was published by the journal Journalism. It is available online (abstract free).

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