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

ARTICLE: Journalists disagree on their loyalties

Journalists can be divided into five distinguishable groups according to whom they feel most accountable to, writes Halliki Harro-Loit, of University of Tartu. The results come from a large scale, cross-national survey in a total of 14 countries in Europe, Middle East and North Africa. While most journalists claim adherence to journalistic norms, others pay … Continued

CFP: New media logics for a new media environment

As media technology and institutions change, so must the theoretical framework used to describe their functionality be remodelled. This is the premise of an upcoming conference on media logic, to be held in Bonn, Germany next fall. The event is now accepting panel and paper proposals. Submissions are due on April the 15th, and the … Continued

CFP: To research media and capitalism, Marxism is not required

An international conference titled “Capitalism, Culture and Media” is now accepting submissions. The event will be hosted by University of Leeds next September, and submissions are due on February the 2nd. The conference welcomes various approaches to understanding the interrelations between the event’s namesakes. In current times of economic trouble, these connections have become increasingly … Continued

BOOK: Contemporary issues in Central and Eastern European journalism

A new volume in the series Studies in Communication and Politics, published by Peter Lang, is out. Journalism that matters: Views from Central and Eastern Europe features ten chapters detailing the states of contermporary journalism in CEE countries. The book is edited by Michał Głowacki, of University of Warsaw, Epp Lauk, of University of Jyväskylä, … Continued

ARTICLE: Journalists’ and PR-professionals still at odds, and others

A new issue of the journal Nordicom Review has been published and made available online. Albeit being a generalist communications journal, many articles in the current issue are of interest to journalism scholars in particular. Håkon Larsen, of University of Oslo, takes a look at the prospects of continued legitimacy for public service broadcasting (PSB). … Continued

Online first: Online journalism forged through the sum of practices

Stock image courtesy of user Life-Of-Pix. Israeli newspaper Yedioth Ahronoth transitioned onto the internet not by carefully calculated managerial scheme nor with teleological ascent set in technological determinism, writes Tamar Ashuri, of Tel-Aviv University. Instead, the paper’s online structures were molded through the individual practices of journalists. Instead of creating a revolution, the journalists … Continued

Online first: Multiskilling is not a pretext to newsroom cutbacks

The all-time second issue of the Journal of Media Innovations is out and available online. As the name of this open access journal suggests, its contents focus heavily on change in newsrooms and other media organizations. Of interest to journalism scholars in this issue: multiskilling demands in newsrooms are not directly related to staff cuts … Continued

Now online: Journalism should give up on its old paradigm

We live in a time in which professional journalists can no longer claim to be the sole purveyors of truthful, unbiased information to the public. Empowered by technology, the public can and will do its own research – sometimes surpassing, sometimes hoaxing the legacy media. In this situation, journalists should cast aside the old paradigm … Continued