‘The most comprehensive book I've read on the issues facing online journalism in the UK. Digital Journalism manages to combine an understanding of technological and cultural developments with a commercial and political awareness that prevents it falling into the trap of technological determinism. Essential reading for journalism students’ - Paul Bradshaw, visiting professor, City University, London and course leader, MA Online Journalism, Birmingham City University; Publisher, Online Journalism Blog
How can we make sense of the ongoing technological changes affecting journalism and journalists today?
Will the new digital generation break down barriers for journalism or will things just stay the same?
These and other pertinent questions will be asked and explored throughout this exciting new book that looks at the changing dynamics of journalism in a digital era. Examining issues and debates through cultural, social, political and economic frameworks, the book gets a grip on today's new journalism by understanding its historical threats and remembering its continuing resilience and ability to change with the times. In considering new forms of journalistic practice the book covers important topics such as:
truth in the new journalism; the changing identity of the journalist; the economic implications for the industry; the impact on the relationship between the journalist and their audience; the legal framework of doing journalism online.
Vibrant in style and accessible to all, Digital Journalism is a captivating read for anyone looking to understand the advent of a new journalism that has been altered by the latest digital technologies.
The ‘Daily Me’
Throughout this book, we have looked at challenges to the professional identity of journalists as the division between spheres of journalistic production and consumption became less defined, challenging the hegemony of mainstream and traditional news in the public sphere (see also McNair, 2006: 37–49). The space occupied by professional journalists working in their capacity as gatekeepers to information has been challenged by digitally enabled journalism in two very distinct ways.
Firstly, there was the competition for the audience's attention as news sites multiplied and traditional markets fragmented. Secondly, and the subject of this chapter, is the increased use of ‘metrics’ to measure and assess the popularity of individual news stories and the targeted ability to customise news delivery services into what ...