Much of what journalism scholars thought they knew about gatekeeping—about how it is that news turns out the way it does—has been called into question by the recent seismic economic and technological shifts in journalism. These shifts come with new kinds of gatekeepers, new routines of news production, new types of news organizations, new means for shaping the news, and new channels of news distribution. Given these changing realities, some might ask: does gatekeeping still matter? In this internationally-minded anthology of new gatekeeping research, contributors attempt to answer that question. Gatekeeping in Transition examines the role of gatekeeping in the twenty-first century from organizational, institutional, and social perspectives across digital and traditional media, and argues for its place in contemporary scholarship about news and journalism.

part I|44 pages

Thinking and Rethinking Gatekeeping

chapter 1|22 pages

Revisiting Gatekeeping Theory During a Time of Transition

ByTim P. Vos

chapter 2|20 pages

How Gatekeeping Still Matters

Understanding Media Effects in an Era of Curated Flows
ByKjerstin Thorson, Chris Wells

part II|38 pages

Individual Level

chapter 3|18 pages

Journalists' Truth Justification in a Transnational News Environment

ByLea Hellmueller

chapter 4|18 pages

Futures of Journalists

Low-Paid Piecework or Global Brands?
ByAngela Phillips

part III|38 pages

News Routines

chapter 5|19 pages

On a Role

Online Newspapers, Participatory Journalism, and the U.S. Presidential Elections
ByJane B. Singer

chapter 6|17 pages

The Journalist as a Jack of All Trades

Safeguarding the Gates in a Digitized News Ecology
ByKarin Raeymaeckers, Annelore Deprez, Sara De Vuyst, Rebeca De Dobbelaer

part IV|40 pages

News Organization—or Lack Thereof

chapter 7|18 pages

The Tyranny of Immediacy

Gatekeeping Practices in French and Spanish Online Newsrooms
ByFlorence Le Cam, David Domingo

chapter 8|20 pages

Ecologies and Fields

Changes Across Time in Organizational Forms and Boundaries
ByWilson Lowrey

part V|40 pages

Social Institutions

chapter 9|17 pages

Keeping Watch on the Gates

Media Criticism as Advocatory Pressure
ByMatt Carlson

chapter 10|21 pages

Whose Hand on the Gate?

Rupert Murdoch's Australian and News Coverage of Climate Change
ByRodney Tiffen

part VI|50 pages

Social Systems Near and Far

chapter 11|21 pages

Visual Gatekeeping in the Era of Networked Images

A Cross-Cultural Comparison of the Syrian Conflict
ByMervi Pantti

part VII|18 pages


chapter 13|16 pages

Gatekeeping Theory Redux

ByFrançois Heinderyckx