This international edited collection brings together the latest research in political journalism, examining the ideological, commercial and technological forces that are transforming the field and its evolving relationship with news audiences.

Comprising 40 original chapters written by scholars from around the world, The Routledge Companion to Political Journalism offers fundamental insights from the disciplines of political science, media, communications  and journalism. Drawing on interviews, discourse analysis and quantitative statistical methods, the volume is divided into six parts, each focusing on a major theme in the contemporary study of political journalism. Topics covered include far-right media, populism movements and the media, local political journalism practices, public engagement and audience participation in political journalism, agenda setting, and advocacy and activism in journalism. Chapters draw on case studies from the United Kingdom, Hungary, Russia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Italy, Brazil, the United States, Greece and Spain.

The Routledge Companion to Political Journalism is a valuable resource for students and scholars of media studies, journalism studies, political communication and political science.

chapter |14 pages


The new terrain of mediated politics
ByJames Morrison, Jen Birks, Mike Berry

part Part I|57 pages

From ‘truth’ to ‘post-truth’ eras? The history of political journalism

part Part II|69 pages

Political journalism and media systems: Political economy and journalistic professionalism

chapter 9|8 pages

Hungary's clientelistic media system

ByPéter Bajomi-Lázár

part Part III|75 pages

Pluralism, partisanship and populism in political journalism

chapter 13|9 pages

The new populisms: A key dynamic of mediated politics

ByMichael Higgins

chapter 15|10 pages

Strategies of alternative right-wing media: The case of Breitbart News

ByJason Roberts, Karin Wahl-Jorgensen

part Part IV|72 pages

Public engagement in political journalism: Audience reception, interaction and participation

chapter 21|7 pages

The resiliency of partisan selective exposure

ByJacob L. Nelson

chapter 23|10 pages

Gatewatching and news curation

ByAxel Bruns

part Part V|69 pages

Political agenda-setting, media effects and voting behaviour

chapter 27|9 pages

Protecting the citizen: Political journalists as gatekeepers in the digital age

ByDarren G. Lilleker, Shelley Thompson

chapter 29|10 pages

Agenda-setting theory in a networked world

ByJason A. Martin

chapter 32|9 pages

Telling tales: Gender and political journalism

ByEmily Harmer

part Part VI|77 pages

Political controversies: Single issue politics, grassroots advocacy and campaigning in the news

chapter 37|10 pages

The importance of space in photojournalists' accounts of the anti-austerity protests in Greece

ByAnastasia Veneti, Paul Reilly, Darren G. Lilleker