Journalismís Credibility, Education, Training and Future explored in three new books by Bob Franklin
Thursday, March 10, 2011
This year has so far seen the publication of three edited books by the school’s Professor of Journalism Studies, Bob Franklin.
The first, The Future of Journalism, presents a collection of papers from the conference of the same name, hosted by the school in September 2009. The book provides a pre-cursor to this year’s Future of Journalism conference to take place September 8 and 9.
The book sets-out to discuss and reflect upon the developments in media technologies and the shifting business strategies for online news, the fragmentation of audiences as well as broader political, sociological and cultural changes.
Contributors include James Curran, Kevin Barnhurst, Bonnie Brennen, Kim Schroeder, Jane Singer, Martin Conboy, Thorsten Quandt, Alfred Hermida and many others.
The second and third, Journalism, Sources and Credibility: New Perspectives (co-edited with Matt Carlson – St Louis University) and Journalism Education, Training and Employment (with Donica Mensing from Nevada University) form the beginning of a new research series by publisher Routledge called Routledge Research in Journalism.
Journalism, Sources and Credibility: New Perspectives explores the complex relationships between journalists and news sources which sit at the heart of journalism studies.
In describing the book, Bob said "The authors challenge established thinking about how journalists use sources, how sources influence journalists, and how these patterns relate to the symbolic power to represent the world to news audiences.
"The chapters include contributions from some of the school’s leading journalism scholars Dr Andy Williams and Dr Karin Wahl-Jorgensen and former school lecturer and now freelance consultant and designer of the BBC’s social media training for journalists, Dr Claire Wardle."
The third book, Journalism Education, Training and Employment, takes a different approach to the area of Journalism Studies by describing journalism educators’ approaches and changing pedagogic practices prompted by the need to prepare students for work in the profession of journalism in a period of rapid and significant change.
Bob continued, "The book’s three sections - education, training, and employment - explore common themes: how the assumptions embedded in journalism education are being examined and revised in the light of transformative changes in communication; how the definitions of journalism and journalists are broadening in scope and what this means for educators; and how newsrooms and training programs around the world are being re-examined and made more effective."
Kindle versions from Amazon of the Routledge Research in Journalism series are available while The Future of Journalism was launched March 8th.