FAQ that never were asked, 2/3: What we do and how

Basically, we write and publish news regarding European journalism research. Our service is free, and strives to steer clear of any unabashed advocacy. Within the limits of our scope and means, we make attempts to be as inclusive, timely and open as possible. With regards to the latter point, we’ve decided to disclose how JRN works in this post.

Geographic and thematic scope

The content of JRN is either research that concerns journalism in Europe or journalism research that was conducted in Europe.

What is Europe? There are 28 countries in the economic EU. JRN prefers a geographical Europe of approximately 50 countries extending west to east from Iceland and Portugal to the Ural Mountains in Russia and north to south from Svalbard (Norway) to the northern shore of the Mediterranean Sea.

Traditionally the eastern border of Europe lies north to south along the border with Russia, the western shores of the Black Sea and The Bosphorus. We’ve decided to include those regions of Russia lying west of the Urals. We’ve also included, for cultural reasons both Turkey and Israel. There are limitations to how much we can glean from these countries, but at least we’re keeping an eye on these regions.

What is JRN’s definition of ‘journalism research’? We try to include anything journalism related, from audience surveys to critical discourse analyses. We do not limit our scope to academic publishing, and we include investigations carried out by NGO’s, business enterprises and governmental bodies.

‘News’ is any form of new information or data of interest to the community. The notion of journalistic news isn’t irrevocably linked to the aestheticism of ‘freshness’. A month-old NGO report with low profile is as much news as the breaking-news of the publication of a game-changing research article.

Where’re all these stories coming from?

“You tell me”, quite literally. For us to know about any proceeding in the field, someone has to speak up. As mentioned earlier, there’s much room for improvement. Still, we keep our hopes up by following university websites, personal blogs, Twitter feeds and the like. If we miss something, we hope someone lets us know right away. There’s a hassle-free contact form for that on our “About” page.

We also receive automated alerts when certain journals publish new articles. This makes up most of our daily news feed, and we are constantly looking to add to our watch list. We try to maintain a level of quality and usually omit everything from a publisher with a questionable reputation. For practical reasons the same goes for local journals that routinely publish in languages other than English.

[spoiler title=’Show a list of all followed journals’]

American Journalism
Asian Journal of Communication
Big Data & Society
British Journalism Review
Chinese Journal of Communication
Communication and Critical/Cultural Studies
Communication Methods and Measures
Communication Monographs
Communication Quarterly
Communication Reports
Communication Research
Communication Research Reports
Communication Review, the
Communication Sciences
Communication Studies
Critical Studies in Media Communication
Culture and Organization
Digital Journalism
Discourse, Context and Media
Discourse Society
Electronic News
European Journal of Communication
Feminist Media Studies
Information, Communication and Society
International Communication Gazette
International Journal of Strategic Communication
International Journal of Media Management
Journal of Applied Journalism & Media Studies
Journal of Children and Media
Journal of Computer-Mediated Content
Journal of International Communication
Journal of Mass Media Ethics
Journal of Media Innovations
Journalism & Mass Communication Educator
Journalism & Communication Monographs
Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly
Journalism Practice
Journalism Studies
Mass Communication and Society
Media History
Media, Culture & Society
Mobile Media and Communication
Russian Journal of Communication

This list will be updated when necessary.


JRN is hosted by the University of Jyväskylä in Finland. The consortium of Finland’s national university libraries provides us with access to many of the cutting edge publications. In some cases, however, we come across an interesting title, which we simply can’t get a hold of, and as with foreign language publications, we have little choice but to pass over it.

Editorial oversight

Our staff is few. They spend a lot of effort on finalizing the technical and visual aspects of the service. Our editorial desk usually consists of just one writer on duty. Supervision and corrections come with hindsight. When applicable, the final word is with our project leader, Turo Uskali, but by default editorial decisions are made by the on-duty staff writer.

As journalism scholars and journalists, we are committed to the ethical norms1 set by the Finnish journalists’ self-regulating body. Consequently, everything we do is done within reason to ensure what we publish is correct and balanced. When corrections or additions are needed, they are openly owned up to.


Ville Manninen is a Journalism Research News employee and a doctoral student at the University of Jyväskylä.


Edited on 25.2.2015: Stock photo changed to a more descriptive one.
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