The digital infrastructure of media production, dissemination and consumption is becoming increasingly complex, presenting the challenge of how we should research the digital journalism environment. Digital journalism takes many forms – we therefore need to revise, improve, adjust and even invent methods to understand emerging forms of journalism.

In this book, scholars at the forefront of methodological innovations in digital journalism research share their insights on how to collect, process and analyse the diverse expressions of digital journalism, including online news, search results, hyperlinks and social media posts. As digital journalism content often comes in the form of big data, many of these new approaches depart from the traditional methods used in media research in significant ways. As we move towards new ways of understanding digital journalism, the methods developed for such purposes also need to be grounded in scientific rigour. This book aims to share some of the emerging processes by which these methods, tools and approaches are designed, implemented and validated. As such, this book not only constitutes a benchmark for thinking about research methods in digital journalism, it also provides an entry point for graduate students and seasoned scholars aiming to do research on digital journalism. This book was originally published as a special issue of Digital Journalism.

chapter |7 pages


Research methods in an age of digital journalism
ByMichael Karlsson, Helle Sjøvaag

chapter |16 pages

Taking stock of the toolkit

An overview of relevant automated content analysis approaches and techniques for digital journalism scholars
ByJelle W. Boumans, Damian Trilling

chapter |17 pages

Tracing online news in motion

Time and duration in the study of liquid journalism
ByAndreas Widholm

chapter |14 pages

What is the meaning of a news link?

ByDavid Ryfe, Donica Mensing, Richard Kelley

chapter |20 pages

Chances and challenges of computational data gathering and analysis

The case of issue-attention cycles on Facebook
ByNiina Sormanen, Jukka Rohila, Epp Lauk, Turo Uskali, Jukka Jouhki, Maija Penttinen

chapter |14 pages

Word counts and topic models

Automated text analysis methods for digital journalism research
ByElisabeth Günther, Thorsten Quandt

chapter |18 pages

Quantitative analysis of large amounts of journalistic texts using topic modelling

ByCarina Jacobi, Wouter van Atteveldt, Kasper Welbers

chapter |18 pages

Googling the news 1

Opportunities and challenges in studying news events through Google Search
ByJacob Ørmen

chapter |17 pages

Grasping the digital news user

Conceptual and methodological advances in news use studies
ByIke Picone

chapter |18 pages

Same, same but different

Effects of mixing Web and mail modes in audience research
ByAnnika Bergström

chapter |17 pages

Action research

Collaborative research for the improvement of digital journalism practice
ByStephanie Grubenmann

chapter |16 pages

Content analysis and online news

Epistemologies of analysing the ephemeral Web
ByMichael Karlsson