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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.

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.

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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.

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English


Episodes

The J Word 4.8: Combatting Digital News Threats

5/9/2022
For better or worse, digital technologies, with their offerings of platforms and personalities, have threatened traditional news media outlets in terms of their hold on authority, legitimacy, and money. Decades into this battle over digital terrain, our guests today discuss the continued challenges to online media of all types and focus on what’s been working – and what hasn’t – for new and old news media players. Stefanie Silveira Professor in the Journalism Department at Universidade...

Duration:00:57:58

The J Word 4.7: Freelancing Digital News

4/27/2022
Freelancing requires a lot of heavy lifting. In this episode, Christian-Ramón Marín-Sanchiz from the Universidad Miguel Hernández de Elche, in Spain, gives us an overview of how it feels to be a freelancer today, while Mushfique Wadud from University of Colorado Boulder discusses the risks of covering climate change in South Asia. Also, Xu Jhang from the University of Minnesota-Duluth talks about the role of freelancing “foreign news,” and Rachel Moran from the University of Washington helps...

Duration:00:37:19

The J Word 4.6: Digital News Ethics, Data, & Disrespect

4/13/2022
This is our each-season special featuring of thoughts from Journalism Practice’s Associate and Engagement editors that focuses on their own major and recent works to get us thinking about journalism in new ways across the globe. Associate Editor and Reader in the Department of Journalism at City, University of London, Zahera Harb, shares her work on combatting hate speech in newsrooms across the Middle East. Jaume Suau, at Ramon Lull University in Spain, also an Associate Editor, updates us...

Duration:01:00:50

The J Word 4.5: Covering Climate Change Contestations

3/29/2022
This episode is the second of two focused on how journalists balance reporting on climate change’s synergistic effects – the related and consequential results of a changing climate. Our conversation surrounds a double special issue of Journalism Practice co-edited with Juliet Pinto from the Donald P. Bellisario College of Communications at Pennsylvania State University in the U.S. Juliet is also co-editor of the book Climate Change, Media & Culture: Critical Issues in Global Environmental...

Duration:00:58:10

The J Word 4.4: Covering Climate Change Synergies

3/16/2022
This episode extends conversations about climate change coverage to how journalists balance reporting on climate change’s synergistic effects – the related and consequential results of a changing climate. This is the first of two episodes produced with Juliet Pinto from the Donald P. Bellisario College of Communications at Pennsylvania State University in the U.S. about a double special issue of Journalism Practice with 16 articles from across the globe focusing on the question above – just...

Duration:00:43:19

The J Word 4.3: Debates of "Alternative" News

3/2/2022
This episode unpacks current debates on the meanings, roles, and futures of alternative news. Guests include David Dowling, Professor in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Iowa in the U.S., who talks about activist journalism through the case of the Unicorn Riot website coverage of social justice protests in the U.S. Jannie Møller Hartley is Associate Professor in the Department of Communication and Arts at Roskilde University in Denmark and talks about...

Duration:00:49:05

The J Word 4.2: How Free are Journalists?

2/16/2022
In this episode, we discuss not just how free journalists are across the globe, but how we can better understand the complications of journalistic autonomy. In other words, we ask, “What types of freedoms are there for journalists?” Guests include Cláudia Álvares, Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology at ISCTE: Lisbon University Institute in Portugal, who discusses “journalistic freedom” from political partisanship, while Signe Ivask, a Postdoctoral Researcher at Masaryk...

Duration:01:02:39

The J Word 4.1: Did Digital Kill News Beats?

2/2/2022
No, news beats aren’t dead. But they do look different in today’s digital world. Just who is covering what? Do assigned beats matter? What’s the tension between journalistic specialization and the general assignment beat? This episode features guests from a recent Journalism Practice special issue, “The State of the News Beat.” Zvi Reich, Professor in the Department of Communication Studies at the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev in Israel, joins as one of the issue’s editors, and Richard...

Duration:00:23:43

The J Word 3.10: Digital News Numbers

12/28/2021
This episode focuses more on the meanings of numbers in today’s digital journalism than in doing math. We explore issues of power, culture, professionalism, and inequalities – all surrounding how journalists use numbers. In this airing, we speak with B.T. Lawson, a University Teacher in Media and Communication at Loughborough University in the UK and author of “Hiding behind databases, institutions and actors,” which interrogates how journalists rely sometimes more on sources than their own...

Duration:00:54:05

The J Word Bonus: Podcasting Toward Reckoning

12/21/2021
This is a bonus episode and behind-the-scenes talk on The J Word Podcast, journalistic reckoning, power, and the future of the podcasting form. The following is from a talk given by producer and host Ted Gutsche for a virtual series on journalism and media hosted by Dr. Jobin Joy in the Department of Mass Communication and Journalism at Pazhassiraja College in India in November 2021. The Facebook Live event was moderated by Dr. Vasupradha Srikrishna at Madras Christian College.

Duration:00:58:12

The J Word 3.9: The Potentials of Peace Journalism

12/14/2021
Does the notion of peace journalism always mean there must be a war going on Just what is peace journalism? How does it differ from solutions, constructive, and, well, just “good” journalism? We debate and discuss approaches to peace journalism in this episode looking at journalism from physical violence in Ethiopia and Kenya, and in the war-language used in battles against COVID-19 across Europe. Richard Thomas joins us as an Associate Professor and Head of the Department of Media and...

Duration:00:56:49

The J Word 3.8: Measuring Digital News Meanings

12/3/2021
It’s finally here – our episode on methods! Bonnie Brennen, Editor-in-Chief of Journalism Practice and Professor Emerita at in the Diederich College of Communication at Marquette University in the U.S., discusses her newly updated book Qualitative Research Methods for Media Studies and comments on the complexities and promise of methodological advancements in journalism studies. Lisa Merete Kristensen, a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Centre for Journalism and the Department of Political...

Duration:00:36:00

The J Word 3.7: The Future of (Human) Journalism

11/23/2021
Artificial intelligence, “robot journalism,” augmented and virtual realities. Journalism is always looking for the “next thing” in innovation to build audiences, trust, and sustainable futures. A lot of the innovation comes in the form of technology, but there are also adaptations that only humans can make. So, what’s the future for humans in journalism? Samuel Danzon-Chambaud is a researcher with Dublin City University’s Institute for Future Media and Journalism in Ireland and is co-author...

Duration:00:46:31

The J Word 3.6: Sourcing the Vulnerable

11/9/2021
Journalism sometimes gets a bad rap for its role in marginalizing voices – especially because journalism is supposed to be about tackling power structures. Guests in this episode provide their takes on sourcing the vulnerable and try to flip the script by providing some ways journalism can protect the marginalized and ignored. Mi Rosie Jahng, Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication at Wayne State University in the U.S. and the co-author of “Reconstructing the Informal and...

Duration:00:42:11

The J Word 3.5: Speculating Social Media Futures

10/26/2021
Journalists use social media to predict – and to respond – to audiences’ interests and needs. But how is this kind of engagement reshaping news and its processes for the future? Can we use our predictive methods of social media use, such as metrics, to also speculate about how journalists can use social media of the future? In this episode, Constanza Gajardo León, a Ph.D. candidate at Vrije Universiteit in The Netherlands and coauthor of “From abstract news users to living citizens,” talks...

Duration:00:39:58

The J Word 3.4: Naming Missing News Voices

10/12/2021
Our episodes often discuss marginalization and inequalities as a byproduct of journalism. Today, we try to find some solutions to those issues – naming the missing voices in financial crises, in transgender scenes, and in addressing voices of asylum seekers. Danford Zirugo is a doctoral student at Hubbard School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Minnesota in the U.S. His paper, “Negative memory mobilization” examines how journalists are reflecting back on their...

Duration:00:59:40

The J Word 3.3: Approaching Digital Audiences

9/28/2021
We talk a lot about audiences as a way to understand what’s "good" and "bad" journalism in the world. Journalists guess what audiences want. And they try to deliver. But when we dig deeper into the needs of audiences – and the needs of journalism, itself – what contestation and challenges and celebrations do we really find? Today, we discuss the challenges and celebrations of various types of journalism – and various types of audiences. The connection? There really is a lot more to...

Duration:00:54:58

The J Word 3.2: Global Trends of Local News

9/14/2021
What are the forces on local news, and how do they operate in a global, digital world with its influences and changes? This episode discusses the connections between ideologies and practices, interactions, and diversions in understanding normative and social understandings of journalistic complexities in local news. Hélder Prior is Professor at Universidade Federal de Mato Grosso do Sul in Brazil and speaks to one of the most local of experiences, that of voting, in his co-authored article,...

Duration:00:53:39

The J Word 3.1: Sports Journalism and Digital Discourses

8/31/2021
Sports journalism. It’s certainly more than box scores. What does it tell us about the world and our places in it? This episode focuses on the role of sports journalism in shaping social interpretations of gender, place, and the meanings of winning, losing, and leaving it all on the field. In this episode, Patrick Ferrucci, Associate Professor and Associate Chair for Graduate Studies in the Department of Journalism at University of Colorado Boulder. His article, “Joining the Team,” focuses...

Duration:00:45:36

The J Word 2.10: News Agendas: Safety, Affluence, Advocacy

6/16/2021
News agendas are often seen as how journalist cover a news issue or event. For some, the idea of a news agenda is also related to beliefs that journalistic outlets have a political agenda in how and what they cover. In this episode, we complicate the idea of agendas by looking at the silencing of journalists’ own agendas to question the powerful under the threat of violence in Colombia, how the use of “expert sources” influences a newspaper’s agenda in Denmark, and the degree to which...

Duration:00:46:26