Pioneer Journalism: The re-figuration of journalism’s organizational foundations

2019-2025

Pricipal investigators: Prof. Dr. Andreas Hepp (ZeMKI, Universität Bremen), Prof. Dr. Wiebke Loosen (Leibniz Institute for Media Research | Hans Bredow Institute (HBI) Hamburg)

Participating institutions: ZeMKI, Uni Bremen, Leibniz Institute for Media Research | Hans Bredow Institute (HBI) Hamburg

Funding: Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG)

The goal of this project is to investigate ‘pioneer journalism’ as a principal force in the re-figuration of journalism and its organizational foundations. We understand pioneer journalism to encompass new forms of journalism that are dedicated to re-defining the field. This includes journalism from established media organizations and startups alike, journalism supported by accelerators, or journalism pursued by individual pioneers. Pioneer journalism aims to establish new figurations for the production and distribution of journalism. Media and digital technologies play a crucial role in this re-figuration. As our preliminary research demonstrates, there exists a loose network across all of the above, a network that has the potential to form the basis of a journalistic pioneer community.

With this in mind, the main research question is: What role does pioneer journalism play in the re-figuration of journalism’s organizational foundations? From this starting point, we plan to investigate German pioneer journalism across five analytical layers: First, a mapping of individual actors, start-ups, accelerators, and established media organizations that are central to the field of pioneering journalism is created and their areas of experimentation are typified. Second, we will conduct a media ethnography at established news organizations to investigate the ways in which they are currently establishing new journalistic figurations. Third, we will investigate, again through a media ethnography, the establishment of new organizational figurations initiated by startups, accelerators and individual pioneers. Fourth, by way of a qualitative network and Twitter analysis, we will investigate the network of pioneer journalists, a network that has the potential to create a pioneer community across established media organizations, startups, accelerators, and individual journalists. Finally, we will integrate each of these analytical layers into an overall analysis of the re-figuration of journalism’s organizational foundations with the aim of typifying the patterns of its current transformation.

This project is part of the project cluster “The re-figuration of public communication in times of deep mediatization: Pioneer journalism, audience relationships and public connection” consisting of three individual research projects, each of which is investigating the current state of re-figuration of public communication from a different perspective. They all pursue an overarching research question of the consequences deep mediatization has for the re-figuration of public communication. The above described Project A investigates German journalism. Project B is concerned with journalism and its relationship to its audience and Project C will be looking at changes in the media repertoires of individuals and how they connect to the wider public.


Selected Publications

  1. Couldry, N./Hepp, A. (2017): The mediated construction of reality. Cambridge: Polity Press.
  2. Heise, N./Loosen, W./Reimer, J./Schmidt, J.-H. (2014): Including the audience. In: Journalism Studies, 15(4), 411–430.
  3. Hepp, A./Loosen, W. (2021): Pioneer journalism: Conceptualizing the role of pioneer journalists and pioneer communities in the organizational re-figuration of journalism. In: Journalism 22(3). S. 577-595. https://doi.org/10.1177/1464884919829277
  4. Hepp, A. (2016): Pioneer communities. In: Media, Culture & Society, 38(6), 918–933.
  5. Hepp, A. (2021): Auf dem Weg zur digitalen Gesellschaft. Köln: Herbert von Halem.
  6. Hepp, A. (2022): Jenseits der Disruption: Zum Lebenszyklus von Pioniergemeinschaften und ihrer Rolle beim Entstehen einer „digitalen Gesellschaft“. KZfSS Kölner Zeitschrift für Soziologie und Sozialpsychologie, 2022. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11577-022-00835-6
  7. Hepp, A./Loosen, W. (2019): Pioneer journalism: Conceptualizing the role of pioneer journalists and pioneer communities in the organizational re-figuration of journalism. In: Journalism, Online first, 1-19.
  8. Hepp, A./Loosen, W. (2020): Neujustierung holistisch gedacht - und gemacht: Feldbeobachtung, Forschungspraxis, Theorieentwicklung in der Journalismusforschung. In: Schützeneder, J./Meier, K./ Springer, N. (Hrsg.), Neujustierung der Journalistik/Journalismusforschung in der digitalen Gesellschaft: Proceedings zur Jahrestagung der Fachgruppe Journalistik/Journalismusforschung der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Publizistik- und Kommunikationswissenschaft 2019, Eichstätt (S. 21-33). Eichstätt: Deutsche Gesellschaft für Publizistik- und Kommunikationswissenschaft e.V. https://doi.org/10.21241/ssoar.70816
  9. Hepp, A./Loosen, W. (2022): Beyond innovation: Pioneer journalism and the re-figuration of journalism. In: Ferrucci, P./Eldridge II, S. A. (Hrsg.), The Institutions Changing Journalism: Barbarians Inside the Gate. New York: Routledge. http://dx.doi.org/10.4324/9781003140399-11
  10. Hepp, A./Loosen, W./Kühn, H./Solbach, P./Kramp, L. (2021): Die Figuration des Pionierjournalismus in Deutschland. In: M&K Medien & Kommunikationswissenschaft 69(4), S. 551-577. https://doi.org/10.5771/1615-634X-2021-4-551
  11. Hepp, A./Loosen, W./Kühn, H./Solbach, P./Kramp, L. (2021): Die Figuration des Pionierjournalismus in Deutschland: Akteure, Experimentierbereiche, Dynamiken. In: Communicative Figurations | ZeMKI Working Papers, Nr. 38. ISSN: 2367-2277. Verfügbar unter: https://www.uni-bremen.de/fileadmin/user_upload/fachbereiche/fb9/zemki/media/photos/publikationen/working-papers/2021/CoFi_EWP_No-38_Hepp-et-al.pdf
  12. Kramp, L./Weichert, S. (2017): Der Millennial-Code. Leipzig: Vistas.
  13. Loosen, W. (2015): The notion of the ‘blurring boundaries’. In: Digital Journalism, 3(1), 68–84.
  14. Loosen, W./Reimer, J./De Silva-Schmidt, F. (2017): Data-driven reporting: an on-going (r)evolution? In: Journalism, online first. https://doi.org/10.1177/1464884917735691
  15. Loosen, W./Scholl, A. (2017): Journalismus im Zeitalter algorithmischer Wirklichkeitskonstruktion [Journalism in the age of algorithmic construction of reality]. In: Medien & Kommunikationswissenschaft, 65(2), 348–366.
  16. Schmidt, J.-H./Loosen, W. (2015): Both sides of the story. In: Digital Journalism, 3(2), 259–278.

 

 

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