Navigating the Scholarly Terrain: Introducing the Digital Journalism Studies Compass

Scott A. Eldridge, Kristy Hess, Edson C. Tandoc, Oscar Westlund

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This article by the Digital Journalism Editorial Team surfaces with the explicit ambition to reassess the field of Digital Journalism Studies and map a future editorial agenda for Digital Journalism. The article dissects two important and closely interrelated questions: “What is ‘digital journalism’?”, and “What is ‘digital journalism studies’?” Building on the commissioned conceptual articles and the review article also published in this issue, we define Digital Journalism Studies as a field which should strive to critically explore, document, and explain the interplay of digital and journalism, continuity and change, and further focus, conceptualize, and theorize tensions, configurations, power imbalances, and the debates these continue to raise for digital journalism and its futures. We also present a useful heuristic device—the Digital Journalism Studies Compass—anchored around digital and journalism, and continuity and change, as a guide for discussing the direction of the growing field and this journal.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)386-403
Number of pages18
JournalDigital Journalism
Issue number3
StatePublished - 16 Mar 2019

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© 2019, © 2019 The Author(s). Published by Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group.


  • Compass
  • change
  • continuity
  • digital journalism
  • digital journalism studies
  • digitization
  • journalism


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