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Journalism Studies

Tumber, H. (2019). Journalism Studies. In: Vos, T. P. & Hanusch, F. (Eds.), The International Encyclopedia of Journalism Studies. . Wiley.


This entry traces the history of journalism studies and asks whether journalism studies are a discipline or field or research method. Different interests involved in journalism studies – journalists, journalism educators and journalism scholars - make it difficult to find a single vision of what it entails. As a new field it requires its own methodologies even though these may be borrowed from other disciplines. It also requires its own body of literature. The origins of journalism studies are somewhat imprecise but we can identify five phases of evolution: normative, empirical turn, sociological turn, global-comparative turn, and digital turn. Journalism studies also encompass the education of journalists. Many journalism scholars now reside in journalism departments side by side with their practitioner colleagues. Historically the study and practice of journalism was entwined over the debate of whether the occupation of journalism should be regarded as a craft or a profession and indeed its place in the academy.

Publication Type: Book Section
Additional Information: © Wiley-Blackwell. 2018. This is the submitted version of the following article: Singer, J. Journalists. In: Tumber, H. (2019). Journalism Studies. In: Vos, T. P. and Hanusch, F. (Eds.), The International Encyclopedia of Journalism Studies., which is to be published in final form here
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General)
Departments: School of Communication & Creativity > Journalism
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