Bringing together original contributions from a worldwide group of scholars, this book critically explores the changing role and influence of institutions in the production of news.

Drawing from a diverse set of disciplinary and theoretical backgrounds, research paradigms and perspectives, and methodologies, each chapter explores different institutions currently impacting journalism, including government bodies, businesses, technological platforms, and civic organisations. Together they outline how cracks in the autonomy of the journalism industry have allowed for other types of organizations to exert influence over the manner in which journalism is produced, funded, experienced and even conceptualized. Ultimately, this collective work argues for increased research on the impact of outside influences on journalism, while providing a roadmap for future research within journalism studies.

The Institutions Changing Journalism is an invaluable contribution to the field of journalism, media, and communication studies, and will be of interest to scholars and practitioners alike who want to stay up to date with fundamental institutional changes facing in the industry.

chapter |14 pages


Journalism coming into being: The timbers and planks of a changing institution
ByScott A. Eldridge

part I|58 pages

The historical influencers

chapter 1|14 pages

Knock, knock! Right-wing alternative media is at the door

Institutional boundary work in a hybrid media environment
ByKaroline Andrea Ihlebæk, Tine Ustad Figenschou

chapter 3|13 pages

Staying abreast of the law

Legal issues affecting journalism practice
ByJonathan Peters

chapter 4|14 pages

The university as a “giant newsroom”

Not-for-profit explanatory journalism during COVID-19
ByAlfred Hermida, Lisa Varano, Mary Lynn Young

part II|63 pages

The new funders and organizers

chapter 5|14 pages

Audiences as a discursive institution?

How audience expectations disrupt the journalistic field
BySandra Banjac

chapter 6|14 pages

Foundations and journalism

A new business model, a new set of logics
ByMagda Konieczna

chapter 7|15 pages

Journalism is not a one-way street

Recognizing multi-directional dynamics
ByStefan Baack, David Cheruiyot, Raul Ferrer-Conill

chapter 8|18 pages

Beyond innovation

Pioneer journalism and the re-figuration of journalism
ByAndreas Hepp, Wiebke Loosen

part III|56 pages

The technological institutions

chapter 9|14 pages

Insiders turned interlopers

The change agents behind engaged journalism
ByJacob L. Nelson, Andrea Wenzel

chapter 10|12 pages

Web analytics in journalism

ByValérie Bélair-Gagnon

chapter 11|15 pages

Journalism's interactions with Silicon Valley platforms

Social institutions, fields, and assemblages
ByFrank M. Russell, Tim P. Vos

chapter |13 pages


Understanding the institutions influencing journalism: Ideas for future work
ByPatrick Ferrucci