SAGE Handbook of Digital Journalism published

SAGE Handbook of Digital JournalismI am delighted to announce the publication of my co-edited book, The SAGE Handbook of Digital Journalism.

The volume brings together an impressive range of international media scholars to address the changes in journalism.

The book was co-edited by Tamara Witschge of University of Groningen, Netherlands, C. W. Anderson of College of Staten Island, CUNY and David Domingo of Universite Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium. Each of us took the lead on one of the four sections of the book.

I was responsible for Section A: Changing Contexts, which addresses and questions the conditions in which journalism’s place in society is evolving and mutating. My introduction to the section is available for free as a PDF.

I also contributed a chapter on how social media is affecting how the news is filtered, prioritised and disseminated. The chapter unpacks the paradoxes and tensions of social media as a space for journalism, as news becomes more personalised and individualised, while at the same time more collaborative and collective.

The 37 chapters in the book are an essential assessment of the state of journalism and journalism research. As the blurb for the handbook explains:

The production and consumption of news in the digital era is blurring the boundaries between professionals, citizens and activists. Actors producing information are multiplying, but still media companies hold central position. Journalism research faces important challenges to capture, examine, and understand the current news environment. The SAGE Handbook of Digital Journalism starts from the pressing need for a thorough and bold debate to redefine the assumptions of research in the changing field of journalism. The 38 chapters, written by a team of global experts, are organised into four key areas:

Section A: Changing Contexts
Section B: News Practices in the Digital Era
Section C: Conceptualizations of Journalism
Section D: Research Strategies

By addressing both institutional and non-institutional news production and providing ample attention to the question ‘who is a journalist?’ and the changing practices of news audiences in the digital era, this Handbook shapes the field and defines the roadmap for the research challenges that scholars will face in the coming decades.

A limited preview of the book is available on Google Books.

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