Media innovations: success and paradox. (Editorial Introduction)

Charles Melvin Ess


I review the four main articles constituting this issue, highlighting successes as well as tensions and conflicts uncovered across the articles in various efforts at innovation.  I conclude by noting how both individual articles and articles taken together reinforce, expand, and/or call into question larger patterns of media innovations as these have been articulated in previous issues of The Journal of Media Innovations.


Media Innovations; ethics; democratic communication

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Bierhoff, Jan, and Kruitwagen, Sander. 2014. Stories behind the News; Designing an Advanced App for Journalistic Background Information. Journal of Media Innovations 1 (1): 110-128. DOI:

Bleyen, Valérie-Anne, Lindmark, Sven, Ranaivoson, Heritiana, and Ballon, Pieter. 2014. A Typology of Media Innovations: Insights from an Exploratory Study. Journal of Media Innovations 1 (1): 28-51. DOI:

Ess, Charles. 2014. Editor’s Introduction: Innovations in the newsroom – and beyond. The Journal of Media Innovations 1 (2): 1-9. DOI:

Nygren, Gunnar. 2014. Multiskilling in the newsroom – de-skilling or re-skilling of journalistic work? Journal of Media Innovations 1 (1): 75-96. DOI:

Nyre, Lars. 2014. Media design method. Journal of Media Innovations 1 (1): 86-109.

Panayiota, Tsatsou. 2014. Internet Studies: Past, Present, and Future Directions. Farnham, Surrey: Ashgate.

Ropolyi, László. 2013. Philosophy of the Internet: A Discourse on the Nature of the Internet.

Spivak, Gayatri Chakravorty. 1999. A Critique of Postcolonial Reason: Toward a History of the Vanishing Present. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University. Press.



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