The Routledge Handbook of Developments in Digital Journalism Studies offers a unique and authoritative collection of essays that report on and address the significant issues and focal debates shaping the innovative field of digital journalism studies. In the short time this field has grown, aspects of journalism have moved from the digital niche to the digital mainstay, and digital innovations have been ‘normalized’ into everyday journalistic practice. These cycles of disruption and normalization support this book’s central claim that we are witnessing the emergence of digital journalism studies as a discrete academic field.

Essays bring together the research and reflections of internationally distinguished academics, journalists, teachers, and researchers to help make sense of a reconceptualized journalism and its effects on journalism’s products, processes, resources, and the relationship between journalists and their audiences. The handbook also discusses the complexities and challenges in studying digital journalism and shines light on previously unexplored areas of inquiry such as aspects of digital resistance, protest, and minority voices.

The Routledge Handbook of Developments in Digital Journalism Studies is a carefully curated overview of the range of diverse but interrelated original research that is helping to define this emerging discipline. It will be of particular interest to undergraduate and postgraduate students studying digital, online, computational, and multimedia journalism.

chapter |12 pages


Introducing the complexities of developments in Digital Journalism Studies
ByScott A. Eldridge, Bob Franklin

part I|64 pages

The digital journalist

chapter 1|13 pages

Law Defining Journalists

Who’s who in the age of digital media?
ByJane Johnston, Anne Wallace

chapter 2|12 pages

Studying Role Conceptions in the Digital Age

A critical appraisal
ByFolker Hanusch, Sandra Banjac

chapter 3|13 pages

Who am I? Perceptions of Digital Journalists’ Professional Identity

ByTim P. Vos, Patrick Ferrucci

chapter 4|11 pages

The Death of the Author, the Rise of the Robo-Journalist

Authorship, bylines, and full disclosure in automated journalism
ByTal Montal, Zvi Reich

chapter 5|13 pages

The Entrepreneurial Journalist

ByTamara Witschge, Frank Harbers

part II|78 pages

Digital Journalism Studies

chapter 6|14 pages

Content Analysis of Twitter

Big data, big studies
ByCornelia Brantner, Jürgen Pfeffer

chapter 7|12 pages

Innovation in Content Analysis

Freezing the flow of liquid news
ByRodrigo Zamith

chapter 8|13 pages

An Approach to Assessing the Robustness of Local News Provision

ByPhilip M. Napoli, Matthew Weber, Kathleen McCollough

chapter 9|14 pages

Reconstructing the Dynamics of the Digital News Ecosystem

A case study on news diffusion processes
ByElisabeth Günther, Florian Buhl, Thorsten Quandt

chapter 10|11 pages

Testing the Myth of Enclaves

A discussion of research designs for assessing algorithmic curation
ByJacob Ørmen

chapter 11|12 pages

Digital News Users … and how to Find them

Theoretical and methodological innovations in news use studies
ByIke Picone

part III|68 pages

The political economy of digital journalism

chapter 12|15 pages

What if the Future is not All Digital?

Trends in U.S. newspapers’ multiplatform readership
ByHsiang Iris Chyi, Ori Tenenboim

chapter 13|14 pages

On Digital Distribution’s Failure to Solve Newspapers’ Existential Crisis

Symptoms, causes, consequences, and remedies
ByNeil Thurman, Robert G. Picard, Merja Myllylahti, Arne H. Krumsvik

chapter 14|12 pages

Precarious E-Lancers

Freelance journalists’ rights, contracts, labor organizing, and digital resistance
ByErrol Salamon

chapter 15|13 pages

What can Nonprofit Journalists Actually do for Democracy?

ByMagda Konieczna, Elia Powers

chapter 16|12 pages

Digital Journalism and Regulation

Ownership and control
ByVictor Pickard

part IV|87 pages

Developing digital journalism practice

chapter 17|12 pages

Defining and Mapping Data Journalism and Computational Journalism

A review of typologies and themes
ByMark Coddington

chapter 18|14 pages

Algorithms are a Reporter’s New Best Friend

News automation and the case for augmented journalism
ByCarl-Gustav Linden

chapter 19|14 pages

Disclose, Decode, and Demystify

An empirical guide to algorithmic transparency
ByMichael Koliska, Nicholas Diakopoulos

chapter 20|19 pages

Visual Network Exploration for Data Journalists

ByTommaso Venturini, Mathieu Jacomy, Liliana Bounegru, Jonathan Gray

chapter 21|12 pages

Data Journalism as a Platform

Architecture, agents, protocols
ByEddy Borges-Rey

chapter 22|14 pages

Social Media Livestreaming

ByClaudette G. Artwick

part V|62 pages

Digital Journalism Studies

chapter 23|11 pages

Ethical Approaches to Computational Journalism

ByKonstantin Dörr

chapter 24|12 pages

Who Owns the News? The ‘Right to be Forgotten’ and Journalists’ Conflicting Principles

ByIvor Shapiro, Brian MacLeod Rogers

chapter 25|12 pages

Defamation in Unbounded Spaces

Journalism and social media
ByDiana Bossio, Vittoria Sacco

chapter 26|12 pages

Hacks, Hackers, and the Expansive Boundaries of Journalism

ByNikki Usher

part VI|65 pages

Minority voices and protest

chapter 28|12 pages

How and Why Pop-Up News Ecologies Come into Being

ByMelissa Wall

chapter 29|14 pages

The Movement and its Mobile Journalism

A phenomenology of Black Lives Matter journalist-activists
ByAllissa V. Richardson

chapter 30|11 pages

Nature as Knowledge

The politics of science, open data, and environmental media platforms
ByInka Salovaara

chapter 31|13 pages

Opting in and Opting Out of Media

ByBonnie Brennen

chapter 32|13 pages

Silencing the Female Voice

The cyber abuse of women on the internet
ByPamela Hill Nettleton

part VII|76 pages

Digital limits

chapter 33|9 pages

Social Media and Journalistic Branding

Explication, enactment, and impact
ByAvery E. Holton, Logan Molyneux

chapter 34|13 pages

Reconsidering the Intersection between Digital Journalism and Games

Sketching a critical perspective
ByIgor Vobič

chapter 35|12 pages

Native Advertising and the Appropriation of Journalistic Clout

ByRaul Ferrer-Conill, Michael Karlsson

chapter 36|12 pages

User Comments in Digital Journalism

Current research and future directions
ByThomas B. Ksiazek, Nina Springer

chapter 37|14 pages

Theorizing Digital Journalism

The limits of linearity and the rise of relationships
ByJane B. Singer

chapter 38|14 pages

Outsourcing Censorship and Surveillance

The privatization of governance as an information control strategy in the case of Turkey 1
ByAras Coskuntuncel

chapter |12 pages

Epilogue: Situating Journalism in the Digital

A plea for studying news flows, users, and materiality
ByMarcel Broersma