Putting “Place” in the Center of Journalism Research: A Way Forward to Understand Challenges to Trust and Knowledge in News

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Abstract

The U.S. journalism industry is facing unprecedented challenges from questions of economic stability, rising antimedia sentiment among the government and the public, new technologies that have democratizing effects on news production, and the lowest levels of trust in journalism in decades. At the same time, the United States is facing structural inequality and political polarization that has taken on a distinctly place-based dimension. Taken together, the places of news have changed, both because of forces inside and outside journalism: The places where journalists do their work have changed, not only in an immediate sense of their own work routines but also because of the larger place-based realignment in the United States. This monograph argues that place must be at the center of scholarly and industry analysis to better understand the challenges to professional journalism today.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)84-146
Number of pages63
JournalJournalism and Communication Monographs
Volume21
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 1 2019

Keywords

  • digital advertising
  • digital analytics
  • epistemology
  • knowledge
  • local news
  • media economics
  • news business models/media
  • place
  • polarization
  • space
  • trust

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Communication

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