The J Word 3.7: The Future of (Human) Journalism
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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 of “Changing or reinforcing the ‘rules of the game.’ He’s here to talk about a model he’s developing to understand journalists’ take on new technologies. 

Oscar Westlund is a Professor in the Department of Journalism and Media Studies at Oslo Metropolitan University and is co-author of “Critical moments of coordination in newswork,” where he takes a look at the behind-the-scenes of newswork for Online Live Broadcasts to show the organizational needs and approaches of journalists working with new media.

And, Isabel MacDonald is an independent journalist and researcher who is author of “Picturing Haitian earthquake survivors,” where she explores the technologies of paper and pencil in her graphic depictions of human suffering and resilience. 


Text Featured in this Episode:

Macdonald, I. (2021). Picturing Haitian Earthquake Survivors: Graphic Reportage as an Ethical Strategy for Representing Vulnerable Sources. Journalism Practice, 1-21.

Westlund, O., & Ekström, M. (2021). Critical Moments of Coordination in Newswork. Journalism Practice, 1-19.

Danzon-Chambaud, S., & Cornia, A. (2021). Changing or Reinforcing the “Rules of the Game”: A Field Theory Perspective on the Impacts of Automated Journalism on Media Practitioners. Journalism Practice, 1-15.

Produced and hosted by Robert (Ted) Gutsche, Jr.

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