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6+1 Proposals for Journalism

Navigating Converging Pressures

An appraisal of key areas that pose obstacles to journalism’s progression.

In 2003, Shayne Bowman and Chris Willis wrote that “journalism is in the process of redefining itself, adjusting to the disruptive forces surrounding it.” Almost two decades later, discussions surrounding journalism and its future have not shifted as much as one would expect. The ensuing years have seen massive changes in the media landscape, great leaps in technological developments, financial crises, and the emergence of social media platforms, to name a few examples. It could be argued that we still share the same concerns.

This book is a dialogue, with each chapter highlighting threats to journalism’s future and pointing to direct proposals, indicating the steps needed to safeguard and enhance journalism. Issues in the industry that need to be addressed include current employment conditions, the dominance of web giants over crowdfunding, the lack of collaboration between professionals and academia, subpar media literacy, and elements of media regulation.

218 pages | 2 halftones | 6 3/4 x 9 1/2

Media Studies


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Table of Contents

Introduction
Dr Chrysi Dagoula
Proposal 1. Media Literacy
Chapter 1. Media literacy meets the 21stcentury challenges
Dr. Sofia Papadimitriou, Lina P. Valsamidou
Chapter 2. Accessing, evaluating and engaging with news: the value of a user-centric approach for rethinking media literacy
Dr. Joëlle Swart
Proposal 2. Employment Conditions
Chapter 3. Clicks überalles: Digital Labour and Greek Digital Media
Eleni Mavrouli, Despina Fouska
Chapter 4. Between a rock and a hard place: continued struggle of media and journalism in Bulgaria’s media system
Dr. Lada Price
Proposal 3. “Web Giants”
Chapter 5. Taxing the internet oligopoly and helping independent media survive: A summary of recent international developments and proposals
Michael Panayiotakis
Chapter 6. Internet giants’ dominance and the perils of heteronomy for digital journalism
Dr. Nikos Smyrnaios
Proposal 4. Technology and Education
Chapter 7. Why do we need trained journalists?
Dr. Lida Tsene
Chapter 8. Social media: Further anxieties for the journalistic profession?
Dr. Chrysi Dagoula
Proposal 5. Funding
Chapter 9. Crowdfunding, crowdsourcing and crowdcreation in Greek and Cypriot media websites
Minos-Athanasios Karyotakis, Evangelos Lamprou, Dr. Matina Kiourexidou, Dr. Nikos Antonopoulos
Chapter 10. Funding journalism: toward new revenue streams and diversity of business models
Kathryn Geels
Proposal 6. Academia and Professionals
Chapter 11. Bridging the gap between journalists and media academics
Dr. Valia Kaimaki
Chapter 12. Opportunities and challenges for academic engagement in the multi-stakeholder agenda to safeguard journalists
Dr. Sara Torsner
Proposal 6+1. “Media Ombudsman”
Chapter 13. The media ombudsman institution
Vasilis Sotiropoulos
Conclusion
Dr. Sofia Iordanidou
Contributors


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