ARTICLE: Balancing between PR and journalism

The editors working in custom publishing share many characteristics with journalists, writes Thomas Koch, of University of Mainz. Koch surveyd 197 German editors who worked in custom publishing, such as customer magazines. More custom publishing editors have journalistic than PR training, Koch found. Nearly half (46 %) had previous experience from working in journalism. In … Continued

ARTICLE: Epistemology sets journalists and activists apart

Information activists and journalists differ from each other mainly by their understanding of the nature of knowledge, writes Nina Grønlykke Mollerup, of University of Roskilde. The author interviewed and observed a number of Egyptian journalists and activists, mainly during 2012 and 2013. According to Mollerup, the journalists and information activists (to whom others may refer … Continued

ARTICLE: A study in rejection of objectivity

The Dutch news website De Correspondent has pointedly and successfully rejected the journalistic norm of objectivity, writes Frank Harbers, of University of Groningen. Harbers analyzed 63 stories published on the site, and interviewed a senior editor. A new way of doing journalism was De Correspondent‘s aim from the outset, the author writes. This is manifested … Continued

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