There is no doubt, journalism faces challenging times. Since the turn of the millennium, the financial health of the news industry is failing, mainstream audiences are on the decline, and professional authority, credibility and autonomy are eroding. The outlook is bleak and it’s understandable that many are pessimistic. But this book argues that we have to rethink journalism fundamentally.

Rather than just focus on the symptoms of the ‘crisis of journalism’, this collection tries to understand the structural transformation journalism is undergoing. It explores how the news media attempts to combat decreasing levels of trust, how emerging forms of news affect the established journalistic field, and how participatory culture creates new dialogues between journalists and audiences. Crucially, it does not treat these developments as distinct transformations. Instead, it considers how their interrelation accounts for both the tribulations of the news media and the need for contemporary journalism to redefine itself.

chapter |12 pages


Rethinking journalism: the structural transformation of a public good
ByMarcel Broersma, Chris Peters

part |59 pages

Public trust in journalism

chapter |13 pages

Trust, Cynicism, and Responsiveness

The uneasy situation of journalism in democracy
ByKees Brants

chapter |17 pages

A Refractured Paradigm

Journalism, hoaxes and the challenge of trust
ByMarcel Broersma

chapter |15 pages

Getting the Facts Straight in a Digital Era

Journalistic accuracy and trustworthiness
ByColin Porlezza, Stephan Russ-Mohl

chapter |12 pages

The Postmodern Challenge to Journalism

Strategies for constructing a trustworthy identity
ByJo Bogaerts, Nico Carpentier

part |55 pages

Participatory forms of journalism

chapter |14 pages

Trust, Truth and Objectivity

Sustaining quality journalism in the era of the content-generating user
ByBrian McNair

chapter |12 pages

News Making as an Interactive Practice

Global news exchange and network journalism
ByAnsgard Heinrich

chapter |13 pages

Between Networks and ‘Hierarchies of Credibility'

Navigating journalistic practice in a sea of user-generated content
ByIngrid Volkmer, Amira Firdaus

chapter |14 pages

Talking Back, But is Anyone Listening?

Journalism and comment fields
ByTodd Graham

part |60 pages

Emerging journalisms

chapter |13 pages

Separate, Supplementary or Seamless?

Alternative news and professional journalism
ByChris Atton

chapter |16 pages

Journalism as Interpretive Performance

The case of WikiLeaks
ByStuart Allan

chapter |13 pages

Transforming Journalistic Practice

A profession caught between change and tradition
ByTamara Witschge

chapter |16 pages

‘Even Better than Being Informed'

Satirical news and media literacy
ByChris Peters

part |32 pages

Rethinking journalism rethought

chapter |9 pages

Would Journalism Please Hold Still!

ByMichael Schudson

chapter |10 pages

Journalism, Participative Media and Trust in a Comparative Context

ByThomas Hanitzsch

chapter |11 pages

‘Trust Me, I'm an Innovative Journalist,' and Other Fictions

ByKevin G. Barnhurst