The Handbook of Journalism Studies


First published 2009
by Routledge
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Simultaneously published in the UK
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This handbook charts the growing area of journalism studies, exploring the current state of theory and setting an agenda for future research in an international context.

The volume is structured around theoretical and empirical approaches, and covers scholarship on news production and organizations; news content; journalism and society; and journalism in a global context.

Emphasizing comparative and global perspectives, each chapter explores:
• Key elements, thinkers, and texts
• Historical context
• Current state-of-the-art
• Methodological issues
• Merits and advantages of the approach/area of studies
• Limitations and critical issues of the approach/area of studies
• Directions for future research

Offering broad international coverage from top-tier contributors, this volume ranks among the first publications to serve as a comprehensive resource addressing theory and scholarship in journalism studies.

As such, The Handbook of Journalism Studies is a must-have resource for
scholars and graduate students working in journalism, media studies, and communication around the globe.

Karin Wahl-Jorgensen is Reader in the Cardiff School of Journalism, Media, and Cultural Studies, Cardiff University, Wales. Her work on media, democracy, and citizenship has been published in more than 20 international journals as well as in numerous books.

Thomas Hanitzsch is Assistant Professor in the Institute of Mass Communication and Media Research at the University of Zurich. He founded the ICA’s Journalism Studies Division and has published four books and more than 50 articles and chapters on journalism, comparative communication research, online media, and war coverage.

Robert T. Craig, Series Editor
Strömbäck/ Kaid – The Handbook of Election News Coverage Around the World
Wahl-Jorgensen/Hanitzsch – The Handbook of Journalism Studies


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