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The SAGE Handbook of Digital Journalism

The SAGE Handbook of Digital Journalism

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May 2016 | 624 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

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.

Beate Ursula Josephi
1. Digital Journalism and Democracy
Owen Taylor
2. Global Media Power
Eugenia Siapera
3. Digital News Media and Ethnic Minorities
Rasmus Kleis Nielsen
4. The Business of News
Stephen J.A. Ward
5. Digital Journalism Ethics
Alfred Hermida
6. Social Media and the News
Sharon Meraz & Zizi Papacharissi
7. Networked Framing and Gatekeeping
Steen Steensen
8. The Intimization of Journalism
Karin Wahl-Jorgensen
9. Emotion and Journalism
Adrienne Russell
10. Networked Journalism
James F. Hamilton
11. Hybrid News Practices
Renee Barnes
12. The Ecology of Participation
Steve Paulussen
13. Innovation in the Newsroom
Henrik Örnebring & Raul Ferrer
14. Outsourcing Newswork
Jérémie Nicey
15. Semi-professional Amateurs
Matt Carlson
16. Sources as News Producers
Yana Breindl
17. Activists as News Producers
Stuart Allan
18. Citizen Witnesses
Andy Williams & David Harte
19. Hyperlocal News
Daniel Kreiss & J.S. Brennen
20. Normative Models of Digital Journalism
Laura Ahva & Heikki Heikkilä
21. Mass, Audience, and the Public
Bart Cammaerts & Nick Couldry
22. Digital Journalism as Practice
Seth C. Lewis & Oscar Westlund
23. Mapping the Human-Machine Divide in Journalism
Chris Peters
24. Spaces and Places of News Consumption
David M. Ryfe
25. News Institutions
Tim P. Vos
26. Journalistic Fields
David Domingo & Victor Wiard
27. News Networks
C.W. Anderson
28. News Ecosystems
Anu Kantola
29. Liquid Journalism
Sue Robinson & Meredith Metzler
30. Ethnography of Digital News Production
Juliette De Maeyer
31. Adopting a 'material sensibility' in journalism studies
Zvi Reich & Aviv Barnoy
32. Reconstructing production practices through interviewing
Anders Olof Larsson, Helle Sjøvaag, Michael Karlsson, Eirik Stavelin & Hallvard Moe
33. Sampling Liquid Journalism
Axel Bruns
34. Big Data Analysis
Kim Christian Schrøder
35. Q-Method and News Audience Research
Irene Costera Meijer
36. Practicing audience-centred journalism research
Wiebke Loosen & Jan-Hinrik Schmidt
37. Multi-method Approaches

Just like the news and newswork, journalism studies comes in increasingly varied forms and formats. Rather than trying to tame this tiger, the editors of this truly impressive Handbook succeed in setting scholars free - offering a glimpse of the many trees rather than focusing on the forest. The field will be so much better for it.

Mark Deuze
Professor of Media Studies, University of Amsterdam

Here is a really useful book that helps us make sense of digital journalism in flux – how technology is disrupting the economy of traditional journalism, changing what ‘doing journalism’ means, redefining who gets to speak and listen, and yet leaving some things unchanged, all set within a wider conceptual framework that takes account of comparative difference and past theorising. 

James Curran
Professor of Communications, Goldsmiths, University of London

This gloriously eclectic compendium embraces the “messiness” of the digital world while celebrating the diverse and continually evolving nature of journalism within it. The superb group of leading journalism studies scholars assembled here raise enough intriguing issues to keep our intellects happily engaged for a long time to come.


Jane Singer,
Professor of Innovation Journalism, City University London

This ambitious reference project enlists an international cast of academics for substantive entries (with bibliographies) on the protean issues posed by digital journalism. This reviewer found it interesting that the volume begins with politics, moves through changing business models to questions of practice and ethics, and concludes with a section on research strategies (the most important section is on big data analysis). Underlying themes include the chip on the shoulder that bloggers always wear when comparing themselves with the "elite" or "mainstream" media and the overblown claims for "citizen witnesses" and the supposed gains in "transparency" that digital brings.

C. A. Riley II
CHOICE Connect - The Association of College and Research Libraries

Tamara Witschge

Rosalind Franklin Fellow and Associate Professor at the University of Groningen, Faculty of Arts since February 2012. Previously she worked at the School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies, Cardiff University and at Goldsmiths Leverhulme Media Research Centre. Her research explores the ways in which technological, economic and social change is reconfiguring journalism, with a particular focus on what is called entrepreneurial journalism. She is co-author of the book ‘Changing Journalism’ (2011, Routledge). More About Author

C. W. Anderson

Associate Professor at the College of Staten Island (CUNY). He is the author of Rebuilding the News: Metropolitan Journalism in the Digital Age (Temple University Press) and the forthcoming Journalism: What Everyone Needs to Know (Oxford University Press) (with Len Downie and Michael Schudson) and Remaking the News (with Pablo Boczkowski) (MIT Press). He is currently at work on a historical and ethnographic manuscript tentatively titled Journalistic Cultures of Truth: Data in the Digital Age (Oxford) which examines the relationship between material evidence, computational processes, and notions of ... More About Author

David Domingo

Chair of Journalism at the Department of Information and Communication Sciences at Université libre de Bruxelles (Belgium). Previously, he was visiting assistant professor at University of Iowa, visiting researcher at University of Tampere and senior lecturer at Universitat Rovira i Virgili. His research focuses on innovation processes in online communication, with a special interest in the (re)definition of journalistic practices and identities. He is coauthor of Participatory Journalism: guarding open gates at online newspapers (2011, Wiley-Blackwell) and co-editor of Making Online News (2008, 2011, Peter Lang).  More About Author

Alfred Hermida

Director and Associate Professor at the School of Journalism at the University of British Columbia (Canada). An award-winning online news pioneer, digital media scholar, journalism educator, his research focuses on the reconfiguration of journalism, social media, and emerging forms of digital storytelling. He is the author of Tell Everyone: Why We Share and Why It Matters (2014, DoubleDay Canada) and coauthor of Participatory Journalism: Guarding Open Gates at Online Newspapers (2011, Wiley-Blackwell). A founding news editor of the BBC News website in 1997, he spent 16 years working as a BBC journalist, including four... More About Author

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