Second edition, The Routledge Companion to News and Journalism

I am very pleased to announce the second edition of The Routledge Companion to News and Journalism has been published.

Book description:

The Routledge Companion to News and Journalism brings together scholars committed to the conceptual and methodological development of news and journalism studies from around the world.

Across 50 chapters, organized thematically over seven sections, contributions examine a range of pressing challenges for news reporting – including digital convergence, mobile platforms, web analytics and datafication, social media polarization, and the use of drones. Journalism’s mediation of social issues is also explored, such as those pertaining to human rights, civic engagement, gender inequalities, the environmental crisis, and the Black Lives Matter movement. Each section raises important questions for academic research, generating fresh insights into journalistic forms, practices, and epistemologies. The Companion furthers our understanding of why we have ended up with the kind of news reporting we have today – its remarkable strengths, the difficulties it faces, and how we might improve upon it for tomorrow.

Completely revised and updated for its second edition, this volume is ideal for advanced undergraduates, postgraduates, researchers, and academics in the fields of news, media, and journalism studies.

Table of Contents

Introduction: The value(s) of truth-seeking in news and journalism

Stuart Allan

PART I Journalism and Democracy

  1. News and the Public Sphere

C.W. Anderson

  1. India’s Imperilled Public Sphere: Challenges to Independent Journalism in the World’s Largest Democracy

Kalyani Chadha

  1. The Political Economy of Contemporary Journalism and the Crisis of Public Knowledge

Peter Golding and Graham Murdock

  1. Journalism and Community Engagement as if Democracy Matters

Lana F. Rakow

  1. The so-called “crisis” of trust in journalism

Rachel E. Moran

  1. Journalists, Epistemology, and Authority

Matt Carlson

  1. Social Roles of Journalism

Tim Vos

  1. Bargaining with local journalism’s value

Kristy Hess and Lisa Waller

PART II Rewriting the Rules of Reporting

  1. Journalism’s Multiple Gods: Objectivity, Its Variants, and Its Rivals

Michael Schudson

  1. Newsroom cultures at risk? Journalism’s reliance on web metrics and analytics

Valérie Bélair-Gagnon and Avery E. Holton

  1. The Changing Status of Women Journalists

Linda Steiner and Dinfin Mulupi

  1. Digital Journalism in China: Media Convergence, the ‘Central Kitchen’ and the Platformization of News

Jing Meng and Shixin Ivy Zhang

  1. Convergent Journalism: Cross-media content strategies to improve the quality of Thai news reporting

Sakulsri Srisaracam

  1. Pop Up Newsrooms: From New Collaborations to Counter Narratives

Melissa Wall

  1. Online trolling of journalists

Silvio Waisbord

PART III News, Mobilities and Data

  1. Witnessing George Floyd: Tracing Black mobile journalism’s rise, impact and enduring questions

Allissa V. Richardson

  1. Mobility, smartphones and news

Andrew Duffy and Oscar Westlund

  1. Journalism and Data Justice: Critically Reporting Datafication

Arne Hintz, Emiliano Treré and Naomi Owen

  1. Balancing between “statistical panic” and “statistical boredom”: News, numbers and narratives in the risk society

Brendan Lawson and An Nguyen

  1. Hybrid journalism

Stephen D. Reese

  1. Podcast journalism and performative transparency

Mia Lindgren

  1. Drone journalism: the invisibility of the aerial view

Jonas Harvard

PART IV Crisis, Conflict and War Reporting

  1. News reporting of the COVID-19 Pandemic: Perspectives from the Global South

Sara Chinnasamy and Felipe F. Salvosa II

  1. Risk journalism and globalized crisis ecologies: Journalists as ‘cosmopolitan’ actors

Ingrid Volkmer

  1. Video Journalism and Human Rights

Sandra Ristovska

  1. Beyond verification: UGC as embodied testimony in conflict news

Lilie Chouliaraki and Omar Al-Ghazzi

  1. The Ethics of War Reporting

Donald Matheson

  1. News Reporting of Pakistan and the War on Terror

Shahzad Ali and Ahmer Safwan

  1. Photojournalism and the US-led invasion of Afghanistan

Stuart Allan

PART V Representing Realities

  1. Journalism and Environmental Futures

Libby Lester

  1. News reporting of poverty and inequality

Jairo Lugo-Ocando

  1. Journalism and Gender Violence

Lisa Cuklanz

  1. Women in Sports News: Challenges posed by the emergence of popular feminism

Erin Whiteside

  1. Celebrity News Online: Changing Media, Actors, and Stories

Anne Jerslev and Mette Mortensen

  1. Girls, News, and Public Cultures

Cynthia Carter and Kaitlynn Mendes

  1. Socially Responsible Journalism: Diverse Responses to Polarisation

Laura Ahva

PART VI Envisioning Alternative Journalisms

  1. News Audiences and the Challenges of Digital Citizenship

Chris Peters

  1. Contextualizing Citizen Visual Journalism: Narrative and Testimony

Mary Angela Bock

  1. Citizen Journalism, electoral conflict and peace-building processes in Kenya and Zimbabwe

Jacinta Maweu and Admire Mare

  1. Journalism and counterpublics: Is journalism for all the people?

Bolette B. Blaagaard

  1. News Literacy Practice in a Culture of Infodemic

Paul Mihailidis

  1. Journalism and Ethnoracial Minorities

Sherry S. Yu and George L. Daniels

  1. Teaching innovation and entrepreneurship. Journalism students as change agents?

Marcel Broersma and Jane B. Singer

PART VII Globalising Journalisms

  1. Comparing journalistic cultures across nations

Folker Hanusch

  1. Fringe Benefits: Weekly Magazines and Access Journalism in Japan

David McNeill and Kaori Hayashi

  1. Arab Investigative Journalism: Exploring Processes of Cultural Change

Saba Bebawi

  1. Theorizing Journalism and the Global South

Bruce Mutsvairo and Kristin Skare Orgeret

  1. Mapping anti-press violence in Latin America: Prospects for reform

Mireya Márquez-Ramírez

  1. Devalued News Workers in the Labor of International Journalism: Local Stringers and Fixers

Lyndsay Palmer

  1. Digital journalistic cultures on social media

Claudia Mellado


About Stuart Allan's personal blog

Stuart Allan is Professor of Journalism and Communication in the School of Journalism, Media and Culture (JOMEC) at Cardiff University, UK.
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