New Directions, New Challenges
Edited By Stephen Cushion and Richard Sambrook
Chapter 15: Journalism in the Age of the “Interface”
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Journalism in the Age of the “Interface”
Over the last decade our understanding of “24-hour news” has undergone a significant transformation. The term itself seems to have become obsolete at a time when all types of “news” continuously stream across multiple layers of increasingly dense—and personalized—digital networks. The tremendous transformation of journalism within such a digital scope requires new conceptual frameworks to not only critically identify new content formats, “social media” journalism and user practices, but also to assess roles of journalism within dense transnational multidirectional news topography.
Such a news topography is not only digital, but shapes in today’s advanced digital sphere an enlarged scope of diverse spatially globalized ecologies. Even the smallest local news outlets and individual journalistic comments reach—via websites, newsfeeds, blogs and social networks—users across world regions. To assess these enlarged horizontal ecologies, conceptual frameworks are needed which position journalism within these transnationally no longer just “connected,” but rather fine-lined “interdependent” spheres of political communication and public discourse. Yet, despite a current debate of digitalization of journalism in mainly Western world regions which, as Steenssen & Ahva (2015) argue, has now reached a “fourth” phase where debates go beyond traditional “institutions,” a focus on transnationalization of journalism remains a “blind spot.” Steenssen & Ahva argue that larger philosophical issues, such as ethics, ontology and epistemology (Steenssen & Ahva, 2015:15) need to be incorporated into conceptual...
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