Converged Media Content

Reshaping the ‘legacy’ of legacy media in the online scenario

Authored by: Jose A. García-Avilés , Klaus Meier , Andy Kaltenbrunner

The Routledge Companion to Digital Journalism Studies

Print publication date:  October  2016
Online publication date:  November  2016

Print ISBN: 9781138887961
eBook ISBN: 9781315713793
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Journalism is currently in a state of flux, as it is undergoing structural changes which are reshaping it as a practice, as a product, and as a profession (Spyridou et al., 2013: 77). In the context of rapid transformation, legacy media have been credited with preservation of the ideals of journalism and its community-building purposes (Kelly, 2010). Accordingly, legacy media are said to preserve quality and professional standards, while their future is jeopardized both by a business and an identity crisis. Such an assessment, however, needs to also explain important variations in distinctive national settings and market sectors (Franklin, 2012). Besides, legacy and online media still share common ground in many aspects as they cover similar issues, use similar sources, and share common practices (Maier, 2010).

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