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



ARTICLE: African journalism, Western ideals, and others

A new issue of the journal African Journalism Studies has been published. It marks the re-launch of the journal with a new name, replacing the former title Ecquid Novi: African Journalism Studies. The voluminous issue features several essays also from European universities, which we’ve summarized below. Terje Skjerdal, of NLA University College, presents an essay … Continued


ARTICLE: Global journalism, PR views, and old debates

The journal Journalism Studies has published a small batch of online-first articles. We took a look at the three articles and summarized them below.   Sarah Van Leuven, of Ghent University, and Peter Berglez, of Örebro University, compared The Times, Le Monde and De Standaard in terms of “global journalism”. According to the authors’ quantitative … Continued



ARTICLE: Talking past each other about storytelling

The concept of storytelling and its value to journalism has been under debate for some time, yet the discussion has made little to no progress, write Tim Groot Kormelink and Irene Costera Meijer, both of VU University Amsterdam. Reason to the stall is the multiplicity of mismatching discourses, or repertoires, the authors decide. After reviewing … Continued


ARTICLE: German news elite buddies up with the political

High ranking German journalists frequently mingle with the political and economic elite. Friendly connections offer access to top notch sources, but reflect as agreeably framed stories, writes Uwe Krüger, of University of Leipzig. Krüger conducted a social network analysis on German “journalistic elite” and their connections to their counterparts in business and politics. He then … Continued



CFP: EU Journalists – professional policy makers?

10th International Interpretive Policy Analysis conference is still looking for submissions. The event is subtitled “Policies and their publics: discourses, actors and power”. It features a host of various sessions, among them a panel on journalists covering European Union. It goes by the title “Journalist of the EU: Which role in policy-making process?” and is … Continued


BOOK: Finnish journalists strive for objectivity, admit to interpretation

Finnish journalists admit to their personal interests’ influence on topic selection, write Esa Reunanen and Kari Koljonen, both of University of Tampere. Even more than by the journalists’ personal inclinations their choices were guided by traditional news values, the authors note. They interviewed 30 Finnish journalists and conducted a survey on additional 330. Altogether Finnish … Continued