Books

In here you will find published and forthcoming books. If you can't have the book through library or buy it, just email me.

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Exhausted:
Reimagining Journalism through the Mental Health Reckoning 

Amid the noted global rise of mental health and well-being issues in the profession of journalism, with Avery Holton, this book will explore what this reckoning for the mental health and well-being of journalism means for reimagining the profession and its role to the public. It will build on a series of case studies, interviews and discussions with journalists around mental health and well-being in the profession of journalism.

Happiness in Journalism
Routledge

With Holton, Deuze and Mellado as co-editors, this book (under contract) covers how journalism can deal with institutional issues like work-related trauma and precarity that harm its workforce around the globe, and looks specifically at the issue of how one can be successful and happy on the job. In other words, what does happiness in journalism mean? This book is the first of its kind to gather international scholars, educators and practitioners to use the concept of happiness (or subjective well-being) in journalism for researchers and practitioners alike to share experiences, concepts and methods, and best practices.

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The Paradox of Connection
How Digital Media Transforms Journalistic Labor  Illinois University Press, 2023

In the forthcoming book The Paradox of Connection, Diana Bossio, Bélair-Gagnon, Avery Holton and Logan Molyneux analyze the forms of connection and disconnection journalists establish during online and social media work. It looks at journalism practice from an individual, organizational and institutional perspective to understand how new practices and identities are negotiated through new and emerging online and social media affordances, audiences and cultures – and in the context of broader forms of media practice online.

Social Media at BBC News  Routledge, 2015

Since the emergence of social media in the journalistic landscape, the BBC has sought to produce reporting more connected to its audience while retaining its authority as a public broadcaster in crisis reporting. Using empirical analysis of crisis news production at the BBC, this book shows that the emergence of social media at the BBC and the need to manage this kind of material led to a new media logic in which tech-savvy journalists take on a new centrality in the newsroom. In this changed context, the politico-economic and socio-cultural logic have led to a more connected newsroom involving this new breed of journalists and BBC audience. This examination of news production events shows that in the midst of transformations in journalistic practices and norms, including newsgathering, sourcing, distribution and impartiality, the BBC has reasserted its authority as a public broadcaster. 2015, Routledge.

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Journalism Research that Matters 
Oxford University Press, 2021

Despite the looming crisis in journalism, scholarly research on the topic is often disconnected from the research that the news industry and journalists need and want, but do not have the time or expertise to do. In this book, Bélair-Gagnon, Nikki Usher Layser and chapters authors provide valuable insights for journalists and scholars about news business models, audience research, misinformation, diversity and inclusivity, and news philanthropy, offering journalists a guide to what they need to know and a call to action for what kind of research journalism scholars can do to best help the news industry reckon with disruption. A comprehensive overview of the most pressing and exciting areas for journalism research, from news and data literacy to changing news audiences to shifting business models for news Includes contributions from academics and journalists to understand the most pressing problems facing the news industry today.

Provides a blueprint for overcoming the research-practice gap. 

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