The news is said to serve as 'social cement' (John C. Merrill),
with journalists becoming 'search engines' (John Hartley) that help
their audiences navigate the problems of everyday life. The
centrality of journalism to modern society is obvious, as is the
need to study journalism. However, no introductory textbook on
journalism research has been published so far; journalism students
are forced to acquire their knowledge of journalism research from
various sources that do not deal exclusively with journalism
research. The proposed textbook "Journalism Research: an
Introduction" is intended to fill this gap. Aims and scope: as an
introductory textbook, "Journalism Research: an Introduction" will
provide a general and comprehensive overview of journalism
research, its origins, historical trajectories, key findings, as
well as its diverse theoretical and methodological repertoire. The
book will provide the reader with a systematic, accessible
description of key studies in journalism research along with a
critical review of the various epistemological, theoretical, and
methodological traditions. The often scattered body of journalism
research will be rearranged, systematized, assessed, and made
available to students. Through the textbook, students will gain
knowledge of the following essential aspects of journalism
research: the theories, concepts, and definitions that drive
journalism research; central research findings related to 'news
people', as well as the language, routines, organizations, and
cultures of journalism; key research findings on the relationship
between journalism and politics, markets, technology, philosophy,
and culture; and, an outlook on future directions of journalism
research. Each chapter will start with 'classic' studies that have
stood the test of time and made a lasting impact on journalism
research. Students will be provided with methodological insights
through a detailed discussion of these groundbreaking studies, with
particular emphasis on the methodology used. Additionally, a
selected number of outstanding journalism researchers will be
introduced in brief biographical sketches. By suggesting a concrete
research agenda, the final section on future directions of
journalism research is designed to motivate students to undertake
their own research. Chapters will also include pedagogical features
such as info boxes, interviews, summaries of important points, etc.
Because journalism research increasingly transcends national and
cultural boundaries, "Journalism Research: an Introduction" will
target an international audience and be truly international in
content. Although the choice of classic studies covered by the book
reflects the fact that most influential work in journalism studies
has originated from the United States and Europe, the textbook will
also highlight selected works from other parts of the world,
including Africa, Asia, and Latin America. The persistent Western
bias in journalism research will be addressed at length in its own
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