Journalism Research News has now been online for over a year and a half. Due to additional project funding for 2016 from the Helsingin Sanomat Foundation, we have been able to work on improvements for the service. Here’s what we have been doing during this year.
A new look
The old layout has done its job quite well, but it was getting outdated. With Jari Tuikka, our excellent web developer, we have been building a new interface and functionalities. 30% of our current traffic comes from mobile devices. The new layout puts special emphasis on usability on mobile devices. The text is clearer to read and navigation around the site is easier.
We are still working on the layout a little bit. Please tell us if you run into problems or have ideas for improvement!
Not just research papers
We also want to put more emphasis on the different features JRN has. On top of news about freshly baked research, we have our calendar filled with all important academic events for journalism scholars, reports and tips from conferences, more in-depth trend articles, video interviews with researchers and calls for papers.
All these are categorised neatly on the new site, easy to find and browse quickly.
Going beyond Europe
JRN started as a project to map and disseminate European journalism research. During the spring and summer of 2016 we have also gathered multiple new sources from the United States, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. During the summer we have started writing articles also from these areas. Our big goal in the near future is to be able to cover all of the world’s journalism research written in English.
Academic job advertisements coming soon
In the near future we will also gather job advertisements from academic positions all around the world. So if you’re looking for new opportunities in academia you should take a look at the Jobs page. We are still working on it, but we’ll let you know when it is published.
Join us in our efforts
Do you have a research project starting, a new book being published or an opinion about the academic world or journalism that you wish to share?
We invite all journalism scholars to join our efforts, and publish more news about your current works. We will be delighted to know about you! You can also write to our trends section covering new themes related to journalism and research practices. Just send us your thoughtful trend piece, and we will publish it.
Pasi Ikonen is a Project Researcher at the Department of Communcation at the University of Jyväskylä, the home of Journalism Research News.
Picture: Untitled by Angelina Litvin, license CC0.