I recently learned that my research paper has been accepted for presentation at the Association of Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) annual conference. My research focuses on journalists’ adoption of new media and the resulting impact on their job routines.
Indeed, mass communications has always been influenced by technology, and this is an exciting time to teach and study the topic. The case study that I’ll present at the AEJMC conference in Chicago is based on research I conducted as part of my graduate thesis. The results of the study have significant practical implications–for journalism educators and news professionals. They also add to a growing body of scholarly research on the topic of new media and journalism.
Stay tuned for future blog posts about my research findings. In the meantime, here’s the abstract of my work.
A Digital Juggling Act: New Media’s Impact on the Responsibilities of Local Television Reporters
This case study explores the dramatic transformation new media—from a station’s website to social networking platforms—is having on local television journalists’ job responsibilities. Through in-depth interviews with reporters and participant observation at a television station in the northeast US, this research details how reporters’ tasks are evolving in three areas: dissemination, newsgathering, and the relationship with the public. Lessons learned from this research are helpful to others in the industry and journalism educators.