ARTICLE: Is there “welfare state journalism”?

Laura Ahva, of University of Tampere, Arjen van Dalen, of University of Southern Dernmark, Jan Fredrik Hovden, of University of Bergen, Guðbjörg Hildur Kolbeins, of Bifröst University, Monica Löfgren Nilsson, of University of Gothenburg,  and Morten Skovsgaard, of University of Southern Denmark, study the professional identity of journalists working in the Nordic countries – Denmark, … Continued

VIDEO: Norms of journalists and legitimizing the work

David Domingo, Professor at l’Université libre de Bruxelles told us about his recent work related to how journalists deal with norms. Finally, he shares his ideas for future research: creating more participation and action research to help journalism to foster a more caring society and to help reduce polarization. The interview was filmed in the … Continued

ARTICLE: Job loss weakens journalists professional identity

In their newly published article Merryn Sherwood, of La Trobe University and Penny O’Donnell, on University of Sydney study how job losses impact on journalists professional identity. The study is based on a survey of 225 Australian journalists who had been laid off between 2012 and 2014. The most important finding was that majority of these journalists … Continued

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ARTICLE: Gaming journalists defending their role during GamerGate

During the GamerGate controversy in 2014 and 2015, gaming journalists had to manage a debate on two fronts: defending gaming journalism and remediating attacks on women. Gregory Perreault of Appalachian State University and Tim Vos of University of Missouri conducted interviews with 17 gaming journalists and analysed several published responses to criticism. The authors conducted … Continued

ARTICLE: Social media use by journalists is diverse

The article applied the notion of hybridity to compare social media adoption by journalists in Canada, Finland, Germany, Sweden, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom and the United States. Three constructs of hybridity: complexity, interdependence and transformative potential, form the framework for the analysis, writes the author, Agnes Gulyas, of Canterbury Christ Church University. Social media use by … Continued

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ARTICLE: Experiences of workplace autonomy from five countries

Autonomy is a crucial component of journalistic work. How does it vary in different organisations and across countries? The article by Henrik Örnebring, Johan Lindell, Christer Clerwall and Michael Karlsson, all of Karlstad University, examines experienced workplace autonomy. The authors did an email survey in the United Kingdom, Germany, Italy, Sweden and Estonia, basing their … Continued

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ARTICLE: Investigative reporters see themselves as messengers and reformers

Investigative journalists regard themselves as having autonomy and high job satisfaction, even though there is a lot of pessimism about the state of their work and the future. Gerry Lanosga of Indiana University Bloomington and Brant Houston of the University of Illinois studied how reporters assess their profession, the status of nonprofit newsrooms and how … Continued

ARTICLE: How minority journalists see their identity?

Most journalists working for the Korean minority media in North America consider themselves as “authentic Koreans”, writes Sherry S Yu from Temple University. The author interviewed 35 first or second generation Korean immigrant journalists in Vancouver, Canada and Los Angeles, USA. Most interviewees identified themselves as Koreans, which is in part due to the relatively … Continued

ARTICLE: Turning state media into PSB

Government-owned television has always been used for the interest of repressive regimes in Egypt, where the boundary between public service broadcasting (PSB) and state television has been blurry, write Rasha A. Abdulla, of The American University in Cairo. The article studies the boundaries between state and media in times of transition. The focus of the study … Continued

ARTICLE: Audience recognized Gawker as journalism

The audience imposed journalistic criteria upon the website Gawker, thus recognizing it as a journalistic actor, write Edson C. Tandoc Jr., of Nanyang Technological University, and Joy Jenkins, of University of Missouri. They analysed reader comments and news stories in response to Gawker publishing a particularly controversial story. The reactions to the Gawker piece, which … Continued