Richer solutions journalism through multi-semiotic news storytelling

Kyser Lough. “Richer solutions journalism through multi-semiotic news storytelling,” extended abstract accepted for presentation at the 19 Oct 2022 ECREA pre-conference: Constructive Journalism: Where are we now and what are the ways to a better future?, Aarhus Denmark.

Abstract: Today’s news stories rarely resemble what one might find in the news of 100 years ago. Instead of reading a text-heavy story printed in the newspaper, a reader now has a world of still images, video, animation, data visualization and audio to help bring them deeper into the story. Each aspect of this multisemiotic news storytelling (Caple, 2013) offers sensory engagement and a unique contribution to the social construction of the story. My study will deconstruct the multisemiotic news story into its base elements, with a focus on solutions journalism, to better define the contributions each component makes. By applying the various multisemiotic news story elements to the four pillars of solutions journalism (Solutions Journalism Network, 2020), I will cultivate a richer understanding of how each contributes to the social construction of the broader story.

Panel debate: Trends and developments in the research in constructive journalism

Karen McIntyre, Nicole Dahmen, Kyser Lough, Cathrine Gyldensted and Ulrik Haagerup. Panel debate: Trends and developments in the research in constructive journalism. Networks and future collaboration? Invited panelist for the closing session of the 19 Oct 2022 ECREA pre-conference: “Constructive Journalism: Where are we now and what are the ways to a better future?”, Aarhus Denmark. 

360-degree journalism as a gateway to information seeking: The role of enjoyment and spatial presence

Ivanka PjesivacSun Joo (Grace) Ahn, Solyee Kim (former PhD student)Andrea Briscoe (current PhD student) (in press). “360-degree journalism as a gateway to information seeking: The role of enjoyment and spatial presence.” Journalism Practice. Advance online publication: DOI 10.1080/17512786.2022.2059545

Abstract: This study examined the impact of news modality (print news vs. 360° journalism) on psychological mechanisms of information seeking intention, as well as individual differences that moderate the observed outcomes. The results of a two condition between subjects experiment (N = 100) conducted on a community sample showed that news modality affected information seeking intentions, enjoyment of news story, and the feelings of spatial presence, but did not affect actual information seeking behavior and information recall. Exposure to 360° journalism led to the increase in spatial presence, which led to a linear increase in enjoyment, ultimately resulting in greater intentions to seek further information. Participants with a higher need for cognitive closure enjoyed consuming news more when the story was presented as 360° journalism than those with a lower need for cognitive closure. Results contribute to expanding the theories of information seeking and the role of affective responses and spatial presence on news consumption in journalism and communication scholarship.

Copaganda and Post-Floyd TVPD: Broadcast Television’s Response to Policing in 2020

Laurena Bernabo, “Copaganda and Post-Floyd TVPD: Broadcast Television’s Response to Policing in 2020.” Journal of Communication 72 (4):488-496.

Abstract: After George Floyd was murdered in 2020, U.S. police procedurals faced increased scrutiny with regards to the ideological implications of how police are represented. This genre has historically represented police as the “good guys,” even when they break the rules in their quest for justice, but cop shows face increased public pressure to include more diverse perspectives and stop normalizing brutality. This study examines ten U.S. police procedurals that aired in the 2020–2021 season to investigate how they navigated public calls for police reform. As a cultural forum, contemporary cop shows offered varied narrative strategies and ideological positions as they articulated the problems in modern policing, considered potential solutions for improving policing, and identified impediments to progress. This forum is ultimately quite limited in scope, reinforcing the status quo even as narratives lack resolution.

Janice Hume Earns Lifetime Achievement Award in Journalism History

Janice Hume Earns Lifetime Achievement Award in Journalism History – The American Journalism Historians Association Service Awards Committee has honored Janice Hume of the University of Georgia as the 2022 recipient of the Sidney Kobre Award for Lifetime Achievement, AJHA’s highest honor.

Terrains of Media Work; Producing Amateurs and Professionals in the 19th-Century United States.

Abstract: This article investigates the reproduction of the foundational terrain of media work as composed of amateur and professional realms through the youth movement of amateur journalism in the late 19th-Century United States. Amateur journalists wrote, typeset and printed journals of essays, commentary, word puzzles and stories, which were circulated primarily among themselves in subcultural networks of reciprocity. A broad cultural analysis characterizes how debates about social change due to industrialization shaped definitions and valuations of amateurism and professionalism. A critical political-economic analysis examines how these changes and debates as refracted and reproduced through the commercialization of literary industries and printing technologies spawned amateur journalism. A critical analysis of surviving autobiographical works by amateur journalists of the day explores the on-the-ground cultural production of amateurism and professionalism through amateur journalism’s ascendance, peak and decline. The article concludes by reflecting on the value of these findings for understanding today’s media terrain.

From liberal bias to ‘fake news’: Sean Hannity’s election season media-bashing from 2012-2020

Abstract: Fox News navigates Sean Hannity’s complicated status as a member of the news media by describing him as a political commentator and talk show host. His self-assigned role as media critic is of particular interest considering the intensity of his insults toward an ambiguously defined liberal, mainstream media alongside declining media trust among Republicans. This study examines Sean Hannity’s media-bashing around presidential elections from 2012-2020, analyzing his rhetoric as a form of meta-journalistic discourse turned political weapon.

Fuzzy Boundaries: Journalists telling branded stories

Abstract: Brand Studios have become ubiquitous in news outlets across the United States. Situated in news organizations with the attention of audiences that brands hope to reach, these in-house creative studios represent a unique collaboration between advertisers, designers and journalists. This study investigates the practices and professional identities of content creators tasked with “telling a brand’s story.” The goal is to gain insights into the intersection of journalism and advertising from the standpoint of content creators.

Exploring the Photo Bill of Rights

Abstract: In 2020, a group of individuals representing several photographic organizations drafted a new code of photographic ethics, the Photo Bill of Rights. Its goals were to promote a safer, more inclusive industry but many in the photographic community, particularly photojournalism, took exception to some of the language. In particular, an optional section that suggested obtaining consent from those being photographed brought ire from several photojournalists. This panel brings together scholars and photojournalists to discuss the deeper implications, both positive and negative, to the industry from this document and the subsequent response.