New Media, Old News : Journalism and Democracy in the Digital Age

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  • Copyright: 2009-11-25
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications Ltd
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With massive changes in the media environment and its technologies, interrogating the nature of news journalism is one of the most urgent tasks we face in defining the public interest today. The implications are serious, not just for the future of the news, but also for the practice of democracy. In a thorough empirical investigation of journalistic practices in different news contexts, this book explores how technological, economic, and social changes have reconfigured news journalism, and the consequences of these transformations for a vibrant democracy in our digital age. The result is a piercing examination of why understanding news journalism matters now more than ever. It is essential reading for students and scholars of journalism and new media.

Author Biography

Natalie Fenton is Reader and Co-Director of both the Goldsmiths Leverhulme Media Research Centre: Spaces, Connections, Control and the Centre for the Study of Global Media and Democracy at Goldsmiths, University of London.

Table of Contents

Drowning or waving? New media, journalism and democracy
New Media and News In Context
Technology foretold
The political economy of the 'new' news environment
An ethical deficit? Accountability, norms, and the material conditions of contemporary journalism
New Media and News In Practice
Culture shock: New media and organizational change in the BBC
Old sources: New bottles
Liberal dreams and the internet: A case study
New Media, News Sources, New Journalism?
Politics, journalism and new media: Virtual iron cages in the new culture of capitalism
New online news sources and writer-gatherers
NGOs, new media and the mainstream news: News from everywhere
New Media, News Content and International Context
A new news order? Online news content examined
Futures of the news: International considerations and further reflections
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