ABSTRACT

This chapter discusses journalism in the digital age while providing an overall introduction to the core themes and values that will be discussed throughout the text. Although terms like “convergence” and “new media” no longer resonate as they once did, the concept of reaching an audience with a message on whatever platform best benefits it remains a crucial aspect of journalism. In an age in which media bubbles inhibit shared reality, journalists can find it much more difficult to present important content to trusting readers. The chapter discusses the ways in which consumer demands and journalistic practices intersect to create a symbiotic relationship between users and practitioners. Finally, the chapter will set the stage for the remaining chapters of the book by outlining several key tenets that serve as the guiding principles of the text.