Innovation in journalism: How technology affects the news media, publication formats, and the journalist profession

Leen d’Haenens, Wai Han Lo, Martin Moore

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This chapter takes as its starting point an indicator for the diversity of news formats from the 2021 Media for Democracy Monitor (MDM) project as an important feature for plurality of information. A wide range of news formats through different types of newspapers, television, radio, and online media is seen as a positive characteristic of media systems, especially since ownership diversity does not automatically translate into news format diversity. We make a connection between diversity of news formats and innovation in journalism: As news media seek to develop new news formats and solutions, broadcasters and news editors are setting up “news labs” to meet the expectations of their audiences. New storytelling methods and algorithms are being experimented with. This chapter collects examples of good practices of innovation in journalism in the countries participating in the 2021 MDM, but it also offers the opportunity to look elsewhere. It becomes clear that output is changing and diversifying thanks to innovation, and that innovation shapes newsroom culture as well as the journalist profession.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSuccess and Failure in News Media Performance
Subtitle of host publicationComparative Analysis in The Media for Democracy Monitor 2021
EditorsJosef Trappel, Tales Tomaz
Number of pages18
ISBN (Electronic)9789188855589
ISBN (Print)9789188855572
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2022

User-Defined Keywords

  • technology and journalism
  • innovations in journalism
  • best journalistic practices
  • independence of news
  • news distribution platforms


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