How and Why Pop-Up News Ecologies Come into Being

Authored by: Melissa Wall

The Routledge Handbook of Developments in Digital Journalism Studies

Print publication date:  August  2018
Online publication date:  September  2018

Print ISBN: 9781138283053
eBook ISBN: 9781315270449
Adobe ISBN:

10.4324/9781315270449-29

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Abstract

Much has been written about the instability of journalism in the twenty-first century, with observers calling for new understandings, new concepts, and new theories to try to better understand the discipline (Franklin and Eldridge, 2016; Witschge et al., 2016). News practices are in a state of dizzying flux as social media platforms enable collaboration and greater interactions between professionals, amateurs, and those in between and, at the same time, disrupt and potentially diminish long-standing expectations of what news can and should be. The borders of journalism have become increasingly permeable, with a host of other actors now also contributing to the increasingly unpredictable production of news and information around the world. This lack of fixity for journalism and its traditional norms has meant that those who study journalism are also reconsidering long-standing assumptions about news and its boundaries, frequently with the aim to travel beyond the current “edge” of the discipline (Carlson, 2015; Eldridge and Franklin, 2016: 8).

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