News values revisited (again!)

News values revisited (again!)

AJE members Tony Harcup of University of Sheffield and Deirdre O’Neill of University of Huddersfield have re-examined news values in the latest issue of Journalism Studies . [Image: BBC / Wikipedia] What is News? It certainly feels like an apt time to re-examine that commonly set undergraduate essay question. Have traditional news values really gone out the window in an era of clickbait, listicles and immersive advertising? Let's hope not. Harcup and O'Neill write: The deceptively simple question “What is news?” remains pertinent even as we ponder the future of journalism in the digital age. This article examines news values within mainstream journalism and considers the extent to which news values may be changing since earlier landmark studies were undertaken. Its starting point is Harcup and O’Neill’s widely-cited 2001 updating of Galtung and Ruge’s influential 1965 taxonomy of news values. Just as that study put Galtung and Ruge’s criteria to the test with an empirical content analysis of published news, this new study...
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Research grants for AJE members

The AJE is pleased to offer up to three research grants of at least £1,500 to its members. The grants are designed to assist AJE members develop a research project for publication and applications from those new to HE or early career researchers are particularly welcome. The terms of the grant are that it should be used by an AJE member (or up to four members working as a team) to cover the cost of travel, accommodation and other research costs such as data processing, purchasing data or translations of data in pursuit of a research project. The grant could even be used to buy out teaching time. The research project must fulfil at least one of the objects of the AJE constitution, which are: To uphold the highest standards in the teaching of journalism in higher education (this would include advancing knowledge and understanding of journalism issues to inform what we teach); To provide a common voice for the teaching of journalism...
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Joy of Six for Journalism Professor

George Orwell Now!, an edited collection of essays on Orwell’s life and writings, is one of six books published in 2015 by Richard Lance Keeble, Professor of Journalism at the University of Lincoln. The book, published by Peter Lang of New York, is a follow-up to the symposium Keeble, who is chair of the Orwell Society, organised at the university last year with some of the money he gained in the National Teaching Fellowship award in 2011. It is the first time Richard Blair, Orwell’s son and patron of the Orwell Society, has endorsed a publication – contributing a Preface. The Pleasures of the Prose: Humour and Journalism, a collection of essays looking at humorous journalism in Brazil, Mexico, Spain, the UK and US, edited with David Swick, of the University of King’s College, Halifax, Nova Scotia, has been published by Abramis, of Bury St Edmunds. Keeble has also jointly edited with Sue Joseph, of the University of Technology, Sydney, two books on profile...
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Call for Chapters: Book about journalists’ beliefs and work

Professors Eric Freedman (Michigan State University), Robyn Goodman (Alfred University) and Elanie Steyn (University of Oklahoma) are developing a proposal for a research-grounded book about global perspectives on how professional journalists do their jobs and what they believe. They are looking for proposals for chapters of about 3,000 words based on your latest research and insights that fit such themes as: Journalists’ attitudes toward their jobs, including economics, professional standards, contribution to society. Impact of industry changes on professionals. Professional ethics. Gender and minority issues in the newsroom and in the profession. Impact on journalists of censorship, self-censorship and other constraints on press freedom. Training for professional journalists. Adaptation to rapidly changing technologies. Physical safety in conflict and war zones. Unionization and professional organizations. Coping with psychological pressures. Use of user-generated content.   They  are looking for a broad geographic range of chapters. Our primary focus is on journalists themselves, not their news organizations and not journalism students or faculty. If you are interested in our reviewing a chapter proposal, please email us: A working title...
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