The J Word: A Podcast by Journalism Practice

The J Word: A Podcast by Journalism Practice

What is journalism? How can we make it better? What does "better" look like? We talk about some of these questions -- and answer them -- in our discussions with academics and professionals who've published recently in Journalism Practice. We focus on meanings of advancing digital technologies in journalism, social issues and conditions that journalists (need to) cover, and the future of the field. Articles featured in the episodes are temporarily made free access for citizens, journalists, scholars, and students. While the discussions are rooted in research, they are approached to influence practice. The podcast is hosted and produced by Robert (Ted) Gutsche, Jr., a former journalist, Associate Editor at Journalism Practice, an Associate Professor (Senior Lecturer) in Critical Digital Media Practice at Lancaster University in the U.K. and Visiting Professor at Vytautas Magnus University in Lithuania. Follow him on Twitter @RobertGutscheJr and the podcast @JournPractice or email us with ideas and feedback at jwordpodcast@gmail.com.

Episodes

November 15, 2022 52 min

In this episode, we take a global look at influences of gender and identity in newswork. With a focus on investigative journalism in Latin America, Vanessa de Macedo Higgins Joyce at Texas State University, in the U.S., discusses the opportunities and challenges for women entering that news genre. In Colombia, Julián D. Cortés-Sánchez at Universidad del Rosario who is also affiliated with Fudan University, in China, the Universi...

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Many of us hope that journalism provides a space for a diverse range of voices, though we also recognize that sometimes some voices are louder than others. In this episode, we hear from three scholars whose works in Journalism Practice deal with the elevations and subjugations of “voice.” In Nigeria, Nathan Oguche Emmanuel at National Open University of Nigeria, discusses the “voice,” or lack thereof, of sex workers in a patriarcha...

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In this episode, we talk through all things teaching and training related to journalism. From India, Harikrishnan Bhaskaran, Assistant Professor at the Central University of Himachal Pradesh, discusses how he and his coauthors have found educators and trainers talking about global efforts in teaching data journalism, including challenges and opportunities. In Norway, Ragnhild Olsen, Associate Professor at Oslo Metropolitan Universi...

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With aims of inclusivity and transparency, in this episode, Editor-in-Chief Bonnie Brennen talks us through what the journal, Journalism Practice, publishes. Our discussion walks through what our editors and reviewers hope to see in terms of submissions, theories that authors engage with, and what is meant to intersect theory and practice. Some of what we have to say about the behind-the-scenes of academic publishing will certainly...

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September 20, 2022 35 min

In this episode, we focus on two ways journalists are working as editors, from setting online visual agendas to dealing with user-influenced content. Gina M. Masullo in the School of Journalism and Media and Associate Director of the Center for Media Engagement at the University of Texas at Austin, in the U.S., talks through her coauthored piece in Journalism Practice about online discourse between journalists and audiences and how...

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September 6, 2022 37 min

Scenes and sounds of conflict – from social media and online comments to news stories to the crisis of an airplane crash – may make for “good journalism” and set the scene for larger storytelling that journalism is known for. But what other social and cultural impacts do these kinds of stories and this kind of storytelling have? And what about the ordinary people who are caught up in them? How does what we might try to coin in this...

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Nuestra invitada de hoy, Diana Lucía Álvarez-Macías del Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México, nos habla sobre cómo los periodistas de hoy  aplican la investigación sociológica en sus reportajes.  Esta entrevista, en español, se enfoca en su más reciente artículo en Journalism Practice. Este diálogo es también parte de un episodio más extenso, en inglés, con invitados de EE. UU. y GB. Laura Gómez facilita la traducción de este e...

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Despite its digitization, journalism – hopefully – hasn’t lost its, what we will call, socialness. From covering issues related to #MeToo to navigating how to appear on and use social media to connecting audiences with the creation of content, this episode’s guests help us complicate and unpack the social roles of journalism in a digital age. Stine Eckert at Wayne State University in the U.S. discusses the differences in how colleg...

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It’s almost impossible to separate today's journalism from technology. In this episode, we hear from Sadia Jamil, incoming faculty at School of International Communications, University of Nottingham, China, who gives us an update on all things journalism and AI. Specifically, she discusses her recent article from Journalism Practice related to evolving newsrooms and a second level of the digital divide in Pakistan. Our second g...

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This is the second of two bonus episodes in Season 4 of The J Word related to an award supported by Journalism Practice for early career scholars that is part of the annual Social Justice + Media Symposium (https://www.sjmsymposium.org).

This episode features one of the award’s honorable mentions and the award recipient. Felipe Navarro Nicolette at the National University of Córdoba, in Argentina, is one of the honorable mentio...

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This is the first of two bonus episodes in Season 4 of The J Word. Because practice and scholarship, global communication, and inclusivity are central to what the podcast is about, we decided to help support an award for early career scholars as part of the annual Social Justice + Media Symposium (https://www.sjmsymposium.org) that is done each year in memory of Dr. Moses Shumow. This episode features two of the award’s honorab...

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Today, we are joined by Jonathan Hendrickx, from Vrije Universiteit Brussel, who talks about news outlets in Belgium using Instagram, Facebook, and TikTok to engage with youth. From Finland, Niina Sormanen, at the University of Jyväskylä, shares similar practices of using Instagram by a young women’s magazine to address issues of self-discovery, agency, and representation. And from Australia, Diana Bossio, at Swinburne University, ...

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With the help of Journalism Practice Editor-in-Chief Bonnie Brennen, Professor Emerita at Marquette University, in the U.S., we discuss in this episode ethical aspects of covering and researching major conflicts of the news day. Avery Holton, Chair of the Department of Communication at the University of Utah, in the U.S., highlights his work on online conflict that emerges in the way of harassment of journalists. And Ryan Wallace, ...

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For better or worse, digital technologies, with their offerings of platforms and personalities, have threatened traditional news media outlets in terms of their hold on authority, legitimacy, and money. Decades into this battle over digital terrain, our guests today discuss the continued challenges to online media of all types and focus on what’s been working – and what hasn’t – for new and old news media players.

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Freelancing requires a lot of heavy lifting. In this episode, Christian-Ramón Marín-Sanchiz from the Universidad Miguel Hernández de Elche, in Spain, gives us an overview of how it feels to be a freelancer today, while Mushfique Wadud from University of Colorado Boulder discusses the risks of covering climate change in South Asia. Also, Xu Jhang from the University of Minnesota-Duluth talks about the role of freelancing “foreign ne...

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This is our each-season special featuring of thoughts from Journalism Practice’s Associate and Engagement editors that focuses on their own major and recent works to get us thinking about journalism in new ways across the globe. Associate Editor and Reader in the Department of Journalism at City, University of London, Zahera Harb, shares her work on combatting hate speech in newsrooms across the Middle East. Jaume Suau, at Ramon Lu...

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This episode is the second of two focused on how journalists balance reporting on climate change’s synergistic effects – the related and consequential results of a changing climate. Our conversation surrounds a double special issue of Journalism Practice co-edited with Juliet Pinto from the Donald P. Bellisario College of Communications at Pennsylvania State University in the U.S. Juliet is also co-editor of the book Climate Change...

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This episode extends conversations about climate change coverage to how journalists balance reporting on climate change’s synergistic effects – the related and consequential results of a changing climate. 

This is the first of two episodes produced with Juliet Pinto from the Donald P. Bellisario College of Communications at Pennsylvania State University in the U.S. about a double special issue of Journalism Practice with 16 articles...

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This episode unpacks current debates on the meanings, roles, and futures of alternative news. Guests include David Dowling, Professor in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Iowa in the U.S., who talks about activist journalism through the case of the Unicorn Riot website coverage of social justice protests in the U.S. Jannie Møller Hartley is Associate Professor in the Department of Communication an...

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February 16, 2022 62 min

In this episode, we discuss not just how free journalists are across the globe, but how we can better understand the complications of journalistic autonomy. In other words, we ask, “What types of freedoms are there for journalists?” Guests include Cláudia Álvares, Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology at ISCTE: Lisbon University Institute in Portugal, who discusses “journalistic freedom” from political partisanship, wh...

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