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[ecrea] New Book - Rethinking Journalism Again: Societal role and public relevance in a digital age

Thu Oct 27 15:33:46 GMT 2016

We are very pleased to announce the recent publication by Routledge of Rethinking Journalism Again: Societal Role and Public Relevance in a Digital Age. The introduction is now freely available online, via the publisher’s ‘look inside’ option at: E-inspection copies for possible course adoption are also available on this page. For those interested in purchasing the book, a 20% discount is now available if you enter the code FLR40 on the publisher’s website at checkout.



Introduction//Marcel Broersma and Chris Peters - Towards a Functional Perspective on Journalism’s Role and Relevance

PART I: Journalism and Its Societal Role


Chapter 1//Nick Couldry - Reconstructing Journalism’s Public Rationale

Chapter 2//John Steel - Reappraising Journalism’s Normative Foundations

Chapter 3//Matt Carlson - Establishing the Boundaries of Journalism’s Public Mandate

Chapter 4 Zvi Reich and Yigal Godler - The Disruption in Journalistic Expertise

Chapter 5//Rasmus Kleis Nielsen - News Media, Search Engines and Social Networking Sites as Varieties of Online Gatekeepers

Chapter 6 Karin Wahl-Jorgensen - Is There a ‘Postmodern Turn’ in Journalism?


PART II: Journalism and Its Public Relevance

Chapter 7        Mark Deuze and Tamara Witschge - What Journalism Becomes


Chapter 8//Jane B. Singer - The Journalist as Entrepreneur


Chapter 9        Kaori Hayashi - A Journalism of Care

Chapter 10//Seth C. Lewis, Avery E. Holton and Mark Coddington - From Participation to Reciprocity in the Journalist-Audience Relationship


Chapter 11 Pablo J. Boczkowski and Eugenia Mitchelstein - The Gap Between The Media and the Public

Chapter 12 Chris Peters and Marcel Broersma - The Rhetorical Illusions of News

Afterword//Silvio Waisbord - Crisis? What Crisis?//

Afterword//Stuart Allan/- /Revisioning Journalism and ‘The Pictures in Our Heads’


It’s easy to make a rhetorical case for the value of journalism. Because, it is a necessary precondition for democracy; it speaks to the people and for the people; it informs citizens and enables them to make rational decisions; it functions as their watchdog on government and other powers that be.

But does rehashing such familiar rationales bring journalism studies forward? Does it contribute to ongoing discussions surrounding journalism’s viability going forth? For all their seeming self-evidence, this book considers what bearing these old platitudes have in the new digital era. It asks whether such hopeful talk really reflects the concrete roles journalism now performs for people in their everyday lives. In essence, it poses questions that strike at the core of the idea of journalism itself. Is there a singular journalism that has one well-defined role in society? Is its public mandate as strong as we think?

The internationally-renowned scholars comprising the collection address these recurring concerns that have long-defined the profession and which journalism faces even more acutely today. By discussing what journalism was, is, and (possibly) will be, this book highlights key contemporary areas of debate and tackles on-going anxieties about its future.


"Rethinking Journalism Again invites a leading group of scholars to reflect on the past and reimagine the future of journalism. Given this freedom, this group of prolific and influential contributors suggests truly innovative directions and new language for mapping the place of journalism in contemporary societies. This outstanding volume takes inspiration from the past to rethink, and reinvent the future of journalism with rigor, guts, and, above all, a sense of adventure."

Zizi Papacharissi, Professor of Communication, University of Illinois at Chicago, USA


"Rethinking again? Yes, again. And well worth it. Journalism is in such a crisis that practitioners and analysts alike are confused about whether it is in crisis or not. Is it the loss of newsroom jobs for journalists? Or the loss of a public for news? Has journalism failed – or has it stumbled toward goals (building democracy or arriving at a purity of fact-gathering) beyond its reach? Have new media added to journalism’s power or undermined its functions or introduced new aspirations (like ‘reciprocity’) never before contemplated? Readers will find in this learned and lively collection new questions to ponder and the makings of a new agenda for the study of journalism today."

Michael S. Schudson, Professor of Journalism, Columbia University, USA


Please don’t hesitate to contact the editors: Chris Peters ((cjpeters /at/ <mailto:(cjpeters /at/>and Marcel Broersma ((m.j.broersma /at/ <mailto:(m.j.broersma /at/> if you want any further details.

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