Academic journal article Reference & User Services Quarterly

The Routledge Companion to Digital Journalism Studies

Academic journal article Reference & User Services Quarterly

The Routledge Companion to Digital Journalism Studies

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The Routledge Companion to Digital Journalism Studies. Edited by Bob Franklin and Scott A. Eldridge II. London, UK: Routledge, 2017. 614 pages. $204 (ISBN 978-1-13888796-1). E-book available (978-1-315-71379-3).

This work contains fifty-seven scholarly essays, averaging more than ten pages in length that approach digital journalism as a discrete field of study. The work includes ten major topical divisions that include "Conceptualizing digital journalism studies," "Investigating digital journalism," "Financial strategies for digital journalism," Digital journalism studies: Issues and debates," "Developing digital journalism practice," "Digital journalism and audiences," "Digital journalism and social media," "Digital journalism content," "Global digital journalism," and "Future directions."

Through content and scope, editors and contributors to The Routledge Companion to Digital Journalism Studies clearly conceive of digital journalism as a field distinct from traditional print journalism and broadcast journalism. This sets the work apart from virtually all other journalism reference works. For comparison, the six-volume Encyclopedia of Journalism (Sage, 2009) has discrete essays such as "Digital Media Tools" and "Social Network Websites" among topics about journalism more broadly. To be fair, the Routledge Companion represents an additional eight years of development in a rapidly changing field.

This brings up a concern about this work that is acknowledged by the editors. The Routledge Companion to Digital Journalism Studies risks becoming outdated quickly in such a quickly evolving field. Still, it is reasonable to think that digital journalism is more crystallized as a field and more standardized in practice than it was a decade ago. …

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