In case you missed it, a research article of mine was recently published in Journalism Practice. The article is part of a special issue on “Cultural Journalism and the Media Reporting of Culture”, which is edited by my good colleagues Nete Nørgaard Kristensen and Unni From. It is, I think, an important special issue because the community of journalism scholars has tended to neglect research in journalism on arts and culture and instead focus on political journalism (not that political journalism is not important – it most certainly is). In an international context, this special issue is one of the first publications on the subject, and it will likely be a standard reference or go-to source for students, researchers, and practitioners alike in years to come.
The special issue will be out in hard copy in December, but the articles are already published online. And so, as a service and in the spirit of getting good research out there sooner rather than later, I have taken the liberty to put together an improvised table of contents here with links to the articles:
- Kristensen & From: “Cultural Journalism and Cultural Critique in a changing Media Landscape” (introduction to the special issue)
- Riegert, Roosvall & Widholm: “The Political in Cultural Journalism. Fragmented interpretative communities in the digital age“
- Hovden & Knapskog: “Doubly Dominated. Cultural journalists in the fields of journalism and culture“
- Jaakkola, Hellman, Koljonen & Väliverronen: “Liquid Modern Journalism with a Difference. The changing professional ethos of cultural journalism“
- Verboord & Janssen: “Arts Journalism And Its Packaging In France, Germany, The Netherlands And The United States, 1955–2005“
- Kristensen & From: “From Ivory Tower to Cross-Media Personas. The heterogeneous cultural critic in the media“
- Kammer: “Post-Industrial Cultural Criticism. The everyday amateur expert and the online cultural public sphere“
- McWirther: “Film Criticism in the Twenty-First Century. Six Schools“
- Béliard: “When Cultural Criticism Blurs Cultural Hierarchies. The case of series journalism in France“
Because of the set-up at the publisher, people not employed by research organizations probably will not have free access to the articles (except of, perhaps, through public libraries); should you have trouble with accessing the articles, contact the authors directly and they will likely be happy to provide you with pre-print versions of their articles.
For people attending the NordMedia 2015 conference in Copenhagen, which starts on Thursday, please note that some of the research found in the special issue will also be presented at the panel “Pushing the boundaries of journalism: Nordic cultural journalism in transition” on Friday, 10:15-12:00, in room 15A.1.13.
And should you be interested in our research on cultural criticism, stay tuned for the collaborative “From Ivory Tower to Twitter: Rethinking the Cultural Critic in Contemporary Media Culture“ research project that starts officially on September 1 this year.