Theorizing Digital Journalism

The limits of linearity and the rise of relationships

Authored by: Jane B. Singer

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:

10.4324/9781315270449-38

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Abstract

Digital media pose conceptual and methodological challenges for journalism studies scholars. Our effects-oriented theoretical approaches, which traditionally dominated attempts to conceptualize how journalism works, rest on an inherently linear view of the communication process, positing that messages are delivered (mostly by journalists) to audiences who are affected by and responsive to them. And our methods tend to require, or at least to work best with, a fixed object of study.

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