THE TWO KOFI MEMBERS ANDREAS HEPP AND WIEBKE LOOSEN ARE REPRESENTED WITH A CONTRIBUTION IN THE PROCEEDINGS TO THE ANNUAL CONFERENCE OF THE JOURNALISM/JOURNALISM RESEARCH SECTION OF THE DGPUK 2019.
In the paper, titled (in German) "Neujustierung holistisch gedacht — und gemacht: Feldbeobachtung, Forschungspraxis, Theorieentwicklung in der Journalismusforschung", Hepp and Loosen address the impact of deep mediatization on journalism research. From the abstract:
"Journalism, just like journalism research, is confronted with trends related to the processes of deep mediatization: the increasing differentiation, connectivity, and omnipresence of digital media, the rapid pace of innovation, and the seemingly unstoppable rise of the datafication of everyday life. In the course of these developments, journalism research has had to broaden its scope over the years, particularly in terms of the actors, practices and types of organization that are affected by present conditions. Both theoretically and practically, journalism research has opened up to other disciplines and methods and at the same time has been “discovered” by those other disciplines. Against this background and based on examples from our joint research, we argue that a readjustment of journalism research should be combined with a holistic perspective: in field observation, research practice and theory development"
The paper is available in the Social Science Open Access Repository here.