Journalism Research That Matters

Valérie Bélair-Gagnon (Editor), Nikki Usher (Editor)

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Despite the looming crisis in journalism, a research-practice gap plagues the news industry. This volume seeks to change the research-practice gap, with timely scholarly research on the most pressing problems facing the news industry today, translated for a non-specialist audience. Contributions from academics and journalists are brought together in order to push a conversation about how to do the kind of journalism research that matters, meaning research that changes journalism for the better for the public and helps make journalism more financially sustainable. The book covers important concerns such as the financial survival of quality news and information, how news audiences consume (or don’t consume) journalism, and how issues such as race, inequality, and diversity must be addressed by journalists and researchers alike. The book addresses needed interventions in policy research and provides a guide to understanding buzzwords like “news literacy, " “data literacy, " and “data scraping” that are more complicated than they might initially seem. Practitioners provide suggestions for working together with scholars-from focusing on product and human-centered design to understanding the different priorities that media professionals and scholars can have, even when approaching collaborative projects. This book provides valuable insights for media professionals and scholars about news business models, audience research, misinformation, diversity and inclusivity, and news philanthropy. It offers journalists a guide on what they need to know, and a call to action for what kind of research journalism scholars can do to best help the news industry reckon with disruption.

Original languageEnglish (US)
PublisherOxford University Press
Number of pages258
ISBN (Electronic)9780197538470
ISBN (Print)9780197538487
StatePublished - Jan 1 2021


  • Audience research
  • Business models
  • Diversity and inclusivity
  • Engagement
  • Journalism
  • Misinformation
  • News
  • Philanthropy
  • Practice
  • Research

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Social Sciences

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