Editor's Introduction: Innovations in the newsroom – and beyond

Charles Melvin Ess


I summarize both the four contributions to the theme issue - innovations in the newsroom - and the general article, highlighting their common threads and connections with larger literatures.  The two major threads are (1) the primary brakes on media innovations, for better and for worse, frequently come from within the media sectors (e.g., editorial offices, newsroom practices, business practices), in contrast with innovation as developed and "pushed" from the ICT industries; and (2) two of the theme issue articles take up the core normative value of autonomy, highlighting how far innovations may foster and/or hinder consumer and/or journalistic autonomy.  These connect in turn with themes and threads raised in our Inaugural Issue, beginning with the necessity of taking a holistic approach in our analyses of media innovations.


autonomy; cooperation

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5617/jmi.v1i2.923


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