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The Paradox of Disconnection by Diana Bossio, Valérie Bélair-Gagnon, Logan Molyneux and Avery Holton. Forthcoming, 2023, Illinois University Press.


The Paradox of Connection analyzes the forms of connection and disconnection journalists establish during online and social media work. Four leading journalism scholars will analyze 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. 

Journalism Research that Matters by Valérie Bélair-Gagnon and Nikki Usher. 2021, Oxford University Press.

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. This book provides 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.




Social Media at BBC News by Valérie Bélair-Gagnon, 2015, Routledge.


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. LINK



Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism at Oxford University PDF

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Tow Center for the Study of Journalism at Columbia University LINK