BOOK: Russian, Polish and Swedish journalists compared

Russian, Polish and Swedish journalists can be seen as members of a shared community, write Gunnar Nygren, of Södertorn University, and Bogusława Dobek-Ostrowska, of University of Wrocław. They present the argument in the conclusion to a recently published anthology, also edited by Nygren and Dobek-Ostrowska, which details the findings of a large-scale comparative research on … Continued


ARTICLE: How journalists covered Syria?

In his newly published article Robin Vandevoordt, of University of Antwerp, builds bridge between practice-based studies of war reporting and general sociological studies of journalism as a profession. The key questions are why journalists covered Syria the way they did and why they deal with challenging situations in particular ways. The article draws on 13 in-depth interviews with Dutch … Continued


ARTICLE: The Roma, the Sámi, and their journalisms

The two transnational peoples, the Roma and the Sámi, employ different strategies in creating change through journalism, writes Shayna Plaut, of Simon Fraser University. The author interviewed 45 people involved in Roma or Sámi journalism, or journalism education. Observations and documentary sources were also used to compare the differences in how the two transnational peoples … Continued


ARTICLE: Journalist-scientist relationships, through field theory

The relationships between journalists and scientists are various, but explainable through Pierre Bourdieu’s field theory, writes Jannie Møller Hartley, of Roskilde University. The author interviewed both journalists and scientists, and found a dynamic in which the “dominated” in one field ally with the “dominant” of the other. Hartley found that there are scientists with poor … Continued


ARTICLE: Local owners, influence networks, and more

A special issue of the journal Medijske studije has been published. It focuses on the media development in the post-communist Central and Eastern European countries over the past 25 years. Lenka Waschková Císařová, of Masaryk University, and Monika Metyková, of University of Sussex, have studied media ownership in Czech Republic since 1989. They interviewed journalists … Continued


ARTICLE: News engine improving productivity?

Danish Broadcasting Corporation, DR, has introduced a new workflow in an attempt to produce more news stories, faster and on different platforms. This article explores how the practice of journalism at DR News has been altered after the implementation of the so called news engine. Some journalists experience a deskilling and a decrease in autonomy, while others experience … Continued


ARTICLE: Journalists and change in the industry

Internet and social media have changed how journalists’ traditional roles are perceived. Stephanie Grubenmann Miriam Meckel explore the interplay between journalists’ role perceptions, the core values of journalism, and ongoing change in the industry. Their analysis answer to the question whether journalists’ professional identity serves as a resource that helps them to cope with uncertainty. The study explores journalists’ … Continued


ARTICLE: Professional outlooks in Ireland and Jordan

A pilot study of postgraduate journalism students in Dublin and Amman compared professional outlooks and social characteristics of students in both contexts and examined institutional settings. The study finds that journalism students in both cities have very similar views on the profession, although the responses of the students from Amman indicated they are somewhat more activist in … Continued


ARTICLE: Open journalism is a double-edged sword

Open journalistic practices such as crowdsourcing create undeniable value to journalism, writes Tanja Aitamurto. But open journalism also challenges the journalistic norms and pressures journalists to compromise some of the most fundamental ideals of journalism. The article contributes to the understanding of the impact of open journalistic practices on digital journalism.   The article, titled Crowdsourcing as a … Continued