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What is journalism? How can we make it better? What does "better" look like? We talk about some of these questions -- and answer them -- in our discussions with academics and professionals who've published recently in Journalism Practice. We focus on meanings of advancing digital technologies in journalism, social issues and conditions that journalists (need to) cover, and the future of the field. Articles featured in the episodes are temporarily made free access for citizens, journalists, scholars, and students. While the discussions are rooted in research, they are approached to influence practice. The podcast is hosted and produced by Robert (Ted) Gutsche, Jr., a former journalist, Associate Editor at Journalism Practice, an Associate Professor (Senior Lecturer) in Critical Digital Media Practice at Lancaster University in the U.K. and Visiting Professor at Vytautas Magnus University in Lithuania. Follow him on Twitter @RobertGutscheJr and the podcast @JournPractice or email us with ideas and feedback at jwordpodcast@gmail.com.

The J Word: A Podcast by Journalism Practice Robert (Ted) Gutsche Jr.

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What is journalism? How can we make it better? What does "better" look like? We talk about some of these questions -- and answer them -- in our discussions with academics and professionals who've published recently in Journalism Practice. We focus on meanings of advancing digital technologies in journalism, social issues and conditions that journalists (need to) cover, and the future of the field. Articles featured in the episodes are temporarily made free access for citizens, journalists, scholars, and students. While the discussions are rooted in research, they are approached to influence practice. The podcast is hosted and produced by Robert (Ted) Gutsche, Jr., a former journalist, Associate Editor at Journalism Practice, an Associate Professor (Senior Lecturer) in Critical Digital Media Practice at Lancaster University in the U.K. and Visiting Professor at Vytautas Magnus University in Lithuania. Follow him on Twitter @RobertGutscheJr and the podcast @JournPractice or email us with ideas and feedback at jwordpodcast@gmail.com.

    The J Word 5.4: Editing Today's News

    The J Word 5.4: Editing Today's News

    In this episode, we focus on two ways journalists are working as editors, from setting online visual agendas to dealing with user-influenced content. Gina M. Masullo in the School of Journalism and Media and Associate Director of the Center for Media Engagement at the University of Texas at Austin, in the U.S., talks through her coauthored piece in Journalism Practice about online discourse between journalists and audiences and how journalists are becoming equipped to take on these conversations. We also hear from Kyser Lough in the Journalism Department at the University of Georgia, in the U.S., who discusses interactions between journalists, wire service photographs, and the influence of race and gender in how and what gets selected for newspaper front pages.  
      
    Text Featured in this Episode:
    Lough, K., & Mortensen, T. M. (2022). Routine and individual-level influences on newspaper front-page images: wire photographs, staff photojournalism, race and gender. Journalism Practice, 1-20.
    Masullo, G. M., Riedl, M. J., & Huang, Q. E. (2022). Engagement moderation: What journalists should say to improve online discussions. Journalism Practice, 16(4), 738-754.
     
    Produced and hosted by Robert (Ted) Gutsche, Jr.

    Give feedback to the podcast on Twitter @JournPractice or email jwordpodcast@gmail.com

    • 35 min
    The J Word 5.3: Emotional News Gatekeeping

    The J Word 5.3: Emotional News Gatekeeping

    Scenes and sounds of conflict – from social media and online comments to news stories to the crisis of an airplane crash – may make for “good journalism” and set the scene for larger storytelling that journalism is known for. But what other social and cultural impacts do these kinds of stories and this kind of storytelling have? And what about the ordinary people who are caught up in them? How does what we might try to coin in this episode, the “emotional gatekeeping” of journalism shape the forms and functions of news? To answer these questions, we talk with Margareta Salonen at the University of Jyväskylä, in Finland, and Karin Wahl-Jorgensen at Cardiff University, in the U.K., about their coauthored pieces in Journalism Practice, Margareta’s on “conversational gatekeeping” and Karin’s on emotionality in news coverage of plane crashes.


    Text Featured in this Episode:
    Salonen, M., Olbertz-Siitonen, M., Uskali, T., & Laaksonen, S. M. (2022). Conversational Gatekeeping—Social Interactional Practices of Post-Publication Gatekeeping on Newspapers’ Facebook Pages. Journalism Practice, 1-25.
    Boelle, J., & Wahl-Jorgensen, K. (2022). Emotionality in the television coverage of airplane disasters. Journalism Practice, 1-17.


    Produced and hosted by Robert (Ted) Gutsche, Jr.

    Give feedback to the podcast on Twitter @JournPractice or email jwordpodcast@gmail.com

    • 37 min
    The J Word 5.01: Innovando las Noticias [Innovating the News]

    The J Word 5.01: Innovando las Noticias [Innovating the News]

    Nuestra invitada de hoy, Diana Lucía Álvarez-Macías del Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México, nos habla sobre cómo los periodistas de hoy  aplican la investigación sociológica en sus reportajes.  Esta entrevista, en español, se enfoca en su más reciente artículo en Journalism Practice. Este diálogo es también parte de un episodio más extenso, en inglés, con invitados de EE. UU. y GB. Laura Gómez facilita la traducción de este episodio.

    Texto Incorporado en este Episodio:
     Álvarez-Macías, D. L. (2022). Innovation in Journalistic Practices: Combining Depth, Quality, and Publication in Real Time. Journalism Practice, 1-20.

    Producción y presentación por Robert (Ted) Gutsche, Jr. 
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    Today’s guest, Diana L. Álvarez-Macías at Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México, talks with us about how journalists are applying social research in their reporting. This interview, in Spanish, focuses on her recent article in Journalism Practice. This discussion is also part of a larger episode with guests from the U.S. and the U.K., in English. Laura Gomez provides translation.

    Text Featured in this Episode:
     Álvarez-Macías, D. L. (2022). Innovation in Journalistic Practices: Combining Depth, Quality, and Publication in Real Time. Journalism Practice, 1-20.
     
    Produced and hosted by Robert (Ted) Gutsche, Jr.

    Give feedback to the podcast on Twitter @JournPractice or email jwordpodcast@gmail.com

    • 12 min
    The J Word 5.2: Digital News, Social Influences

    The J Word 5.2: Digital News, Social Influences

    Despite its digitization, journalism – hopefully – hasn’t lost its, what we will call, socialness. From covering issues related to #MeToo to navigating how to appear on and use social media to connecting audiences with the creation of content, this episode’s guests help us complicate and unpack the social roles of journalism in a digital age. Stine Eckert at Wayne State University in the U.S. discusses the differences in how college student journalists focused on the explanations of and connections to larger, structural issues influencing sexual assault and violence at universities while local, mainstream media tended to highlight details of the cases and maybe not the larger social influences at play.

    Also related to the “social,” Vaios Papanagnou at the American College of Greece helps connect some of these explanations of coverage to the roles and values of today’s “networked” journalist, albeit from a U.K. perspective. And also with us, recorded separately, is Diana Álvarez-Macías at Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México who outlines a unique form of journalistic (and social) innovation at news outlets in her country that applied social research into influencing their coverage of elections, policy, and daily life. Our interview with Diana is dual-language, with translation by Laura Gomez. This interview is also featured on its own, fully in Spanish, in a bonus episode.


    Text Featured in this Episode:
     
    Álvarez-Macías, D. L. (2022). Innovation in Journalistic Practices: Combining Depth, Quality, and Publication in Real Time. Journalism Practice, 1-20.
    Eckert, S., Metzger-Riftkin, J., Albrehi, F., Akhther, N., Aniapam, Z., & Steiner, L. (2022). # MeToo Academia: News Coverage of Sexual Misconduct at US Universities. Journalism Practice, 1-20.
    Papanagnou, V. (2021). Journalistic relations and values in the networked era: a case study of The Guardian. Journalism Practice, 1-17.


    Produced and hosted by Robert (Ted) Gutsche, Jr.

    Give feedback to the podcast on Twitter @JournPractice or email jwordpodcast@gmail.com

    • 32 min
    The J Word 5.1: Futures in Digital News Tech

    The J Word 5.1: Futures in Digital News Tech

    It’s almost impossible to separate today's journalism from technology. In this episode, we hear from Sadia Jamil, incoming faculty at School of International Communications, University of Nottingham, China, who gives us an update on all things journalism and AI. Specifically, she discusses her recent article from Journalism Practice related to evolving newsrooms and a second level of the digital divide in Pakistan. Our second guest, Scott Brennen, shares with us his thoughts on how journalists are dealing with new digital opportunities – and divides – in his coauthored piece that looks at journalistic approaches to new tech in the U.K. Scott is now Head of Online Expression Policy at the Center on Technology Policy at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, in the U.S. At the time of the study he discusses, he was at the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism and the Oxford Internet Institute, both at the University of Oxford in the U.K. These interviews were recorded separately.


    Text Featured in this Episode:
    Brennen, J. S., Howard, P. N., & Nielsen, R. K. (2021). Balancing product reviews, traffic targets, and industry criticism: UK technology journalism in practice. Journalism Practice, 15(10), 1479-1496.
    Jamil, S. (2022). Evolving newsrooms and the second level of digital divide: Implications for journalistic practice in Pakistan. Journalism Practice, 1-18. 
     
    Produced and hosted by Robert (Ted) Gutsche, Jr.

    Give feedback to the podcast on Twitter @JournPractice or email jwordpodcast@gmail.com

    • 47 min
    The J Word 4.02: Distributing Media Representations

    The J Word 4.02: Distributing Media Representations

    This is the second of two bonus episodes in Season 4 of The J Word related to an award supported by Journalism Practice for early career scholars that is part of the annual Social Justice + Media Symposium (https://www.sjmsymposium.org).

    This episode features one of the award’s honorable mentions and the award recipient. Felipe Navarro Nicolette at the National University of Córdoba, in Argentina, is one of the honorable mentions and discusses his work about community radio in Patagonia. Specifically, he shares how community members there are using alternative radio stations to access the human right of communication and the building of community.

    Award recipient Tumi Mampane, a Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Communication and Media at the University of Johannesburg, the Chair in African Feminist Imagination at Nelson Mandela University, and a lecturer at the University of the Free State, discusses her research on Black feminist ethnography, some of which is forthcoming in the journal African Identities, that helps us understand the role of qualitative research in understanding the limitations of dominant media and news representations of place and people.
      
    Produced and hosted by Robert (Ted) Gutsche, Jr.

    Give feedback to the podcast on Twitter @JournPractice or email jwordpodcast@gmail.com

    • 34 min

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