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Global Journalism Research: Theories, Methods, Findings, Future

Martin Löffelholz (Editor), David Weaver (Editor), Andreas Schwarz (Assistant Editor)
ISBN: 978-1-4051-5331-7
320 pages
February 2008, Wiley-Blackwell
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Global Journalism Research offers a diversity of theoretical and methodological approaches for studying journalists and journalism around the world. It charts the opportunities and challenges facing journalism research in an increasingly global field.

  • Brings together an elite team of contributors to create a comprehensive overview of journalism research and its different approaches, methods, and paradigms around the world
  • Examines the impact of developments in journalism that have resulted in it becoming an international phenomenon with global networks, no longer able to operate solely within national or cultural borders
  • Considers the theoretical frameworks necessary for journalists to embrace recent economic, political, and cultural changes - impacting on our basic definitions of journalism
  • Explores the issue of the increasingly blurring line between entertainment and news, as well as the formerly clear division between journalism, public relations and business communication
  • Draws on examples of journalism research from Asia, Africa, Western and Eastern Europe, and North and Latin America
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Notes on Contributors.

Part I: Introduction to Journalism Research.

1. Questioning National, Cultural and Disciplinary Boundaries: A Call for Global Journalism Research: David Weaver (Indiana University, Bloomington) and Martin Löffelholz (Ilmenau University of Techno¬lo¬gy, Germany).

Part II: Theories of Journalism Research.

2. Heterogeneous – Multi-dimensional – Competing: Theoretical Approaches on Journalism – an Overview: Martin Löffelholz (Ilmenau University of Techno¬lo¬gy, Germany).

3. Journalism in a Globalizing World Society: A Societal Approach to Journalism Research: Manfred Rühl (University of Bamberg).

4. Journalism as a Human Right: The Cultural Approach to Journalism: John Hartley (Queensland University of Technology).

5. The Structure of News Production: The Organizational Approach to Journalism Research: Klaus-Dieter Altmeppen (Ilmenau University of Technology, Germany).

6. Factors Behind Journalists’ Professional Behavior: A Psychological Approach to Journalism Research: Wolfgang Donsbach (Dresden University, Germany).

7. Jounalism as a Symbolic Practice - The Gender Approach in Journalism Research: Gertrude J. Robinson (McGill University, Montreal).

Part III: Methodology and Methods of Journalism Research.

8. Comparing Journalism across Cultural Boundaries: State-of-the-art, Strategies, Problems, and Solutions: Thomas Hanitzsch (University of Zürich).

9. Methods of Journalism Research—Survey: David Weaver (Indiana University, Bloomington).

10. Methods of Journalism Research – Content Analysis: Christian Kolmer (Media Tenor Institute, Bonn).

11. Methods of Journalism Research: Observation: Thorsten Quandt (Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich, Germany).

Part IV: Selected Paradigms and Findings of Journalism Research.

12. Journalism Research in the United States: Paradigm Shift in Times of Globalization: Jane B. Singer (University of Iowa).

13. Journalism Research in Germany: Evolution and Central Research Interests: Siegfried Weischenberg (Hamburg University, Germany) and Maja Malik (University of Münster, Germany).

14. Journalism Research in the UK: From Isolated Efforts to an Established Discipline: Karin Wahl-Jorgensen and Bob Franklin.

15. South African Journalism Research: Challenging Paradigmatic Schisms and Finding a Foothold in an Era of Globalization: Arnold S. de Beer (Stellenbosch University, South Africa).

16. Journalism Research in Greater China: Its Communities, Approaches, and Themes: Joseph Man Chan (University of Hong Kong), Ven-hwei Lo (National Chengchi University, Taiwan), and Zhongdang Pan (University of Wisconsin-Madison).

17. Journalism Research in Mexico: Historical Development and Research Interests in the Latin American Context: María Elena Hernández Ramírez (University of Guadalajara) and Andreas Schwarz (Ilmenau University of Technology, Germany).

Part V: The Future of Journalism Research.

18. Re-Considering "Journalism" for Journalism Research: Ari Heinonen (University of Tampere, Finland) and Heikki Luostarinen (University of Tampere, Finland).

19. Theorizing a Globalized Journalism: Stephen D. Reese (University of Texas at Austin).

20. Going Beyond Disciplinary Boundaries in the Future of Journalism Research: Barbie Zelizer (University of Pennsylvania).

21. Journalism Education in an Era of Globalization: Mark Deuze (Indiana University, Bloomington).

Part VI: Conclusions.

22. Journalism Research: Summing Up and Looking Ahead: Martin Löffelholz (Ilmenau University of Techno¬lo¬gy, Germany) and David Weaver (Indiana University, Bloomington).

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Martin Loffelholz is Professor in Media Studies at Ilmenau University of Technology, Germany, where he has taught since 1998. He is a prolific writer, editor, researcher, and lecturer, and has written more than 100 articles and book chapters about journalism and journalism education, crisis and war communication, and intercultural and political communication.

David Weaver is the Roy W. Howard Research Professor in the School of Journalism at Indiana University's Bloomington campus, where he has taught since 1974. He has published numerous books, book chapters, and articles on US journalists' backgrounds and opinions, the agenda-setting role of the news media in political campaigns, public opinion about investigative reporting, newspaper readership, foreign news coverage, and journalism education.
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  • Brings together an elite team of contributors to create a comprehensive overview of journalism research and its different approaches, methods, and paradigms around the world
  • Examines the impact of developments in journalism that have resulted in it becoming an international phenomenon with global networks, no longer able to operate solely within national or cultural borders
  • Considers the theoretical frameworks necessary for journalists to embrace recent economic, political, and cultural changes - impacting on our basic definitions of journalism
  • Explores the issue of the increasingly blurring line between entertainment and news, as well as the formerly clear division between journalism, public relations and business communication
  • Draws on examples of journalism research from Asia, Africa, Western and Eastern Europe, and North and Latin America
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"The book is well grounded both in historiography and discursive analysis besides empiricism, which makes it quite unique and different from other books on research methodology. ... In addition to the lucid presentations of the editors themselves, the contributions from the other authors are highly impressive ... .A must-read for every academic and media practitioner." (Ecquid Novi: African Journalism Studies, Summer 2009)

"Comprising 22 essays by journalism scholars from around the world, this collection adds immeasurably to understanding how to create a global dimension for journalism research. Highly recommended." (CHOICE, October 2008)

"The authors challenge the field of journalism studies, proclaiming that too much of journalism studies has been descriptive rather than theoretical, and that it leans too heavily on other disciplines for its grounding. They hope to introduce new theoretical inquiry as well as new findings from global journalism research in Asia, Africa, North and Latin America. Löffelholz and Weaver maintain that the justification for the book is that understanding the individual, organizational, societal and extramedial influences upon journalism requires comparative research." (International Journal of Communication)

"Global Journalism Research maps the terrain of journalism studies. The book refines our thinking about approaches and methods of studying journalism and journalists in this decade and beyond. It is worthwhile reading to achieve a more complete and holistic understanding of the complex processes of contemporary journalism research." (Journalism Studies)

"Presenting a rich swath of theoretical and methodological perspectives from scholars across the world, Global Journalism Research leads the advance into a new era of creative and expansive investigations."
–Maxwell McCombs, University of Texas at Austin

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