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Professionalism in journalism in the era of new media

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Jacek Sobczak(Hg.), Jedrzej Skrzypczak(Hg.), Professionalism in journalism in the era of new media (2015), Logos Verlag, Berlin, ISBN: 9783832599485

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The term 'professionalization' arouses controversies in academic discussion, let alone the issue of professionalization of journalism. Journalism considerably departs from the ideal model of professionalization. There is no structured knowledge that directly applies to journalists, although we can talk about defined skills and the practical principles of the journalist's profession. Considering the process of the professionalization of journalism, we can indicate three significant determinants, namely professional autonomy, separate professional standards (self-regulation principles) and serving the public interest. However, it is particularly important to ask about the condition of the journalist's profession nowadays. The ongoing technological revolution on the one hand, and the political and legal transformations accompanied by market trends, such as the tabloidization of the media (so-called infotainment) first and foremost, and citizen journalism on the other, have all generated great doubts about the status of journalists. This calls for a redefinition of the professional position and role of journalists in modern societies. All these transformations may pose a serious threat to the model of traditional journalism and the social and professional position of journalists.

The book introduced here consists of four parts, presenting various aspects of professionalization of journalism. The first part treats of diverse topics concerning the essence of this issue, as well as the legal status of journalist's profession. The second part, features texts devoted to the issues of digital media. Part three deals with the disturbing phenomenon of hate speech. The main theme of the last part of the book concerns the issue of lobbying in the process of establishing intellectual property rights. The texts presented here have been written by scholars in the fields of law, media studies and political science on the one hand and practitioners (journalists) fromseveral countries of Europe on the other.

The editors hope that the publication will contribute to the ongoing discussion concerning both the journalists' and journalism status, in the era of dynamic technological transformation.


  • Introduction – Jacek Sobczak, Jêdrzej Skrzypczak
  • 1 Seeking a new model of journalism – Jacek Sobczak
  • 2 Challenges to journalistic professionalism: On technological change and epistemologies of journalism – Karin Wahl-Jorgensen
  • 3 Catalysts for professionalization of journalists – Tadeusz Kononiuk
  • 4 Freedom of speech – the imperative of truth and the right to good name. The case of Bladet Tromsø and Stensaas versus Norway – Wieslaw Waclawczyk
  • 5 Independency or availability? Status of a journalist in the editorial office – conditions of employment, scope of authorizations, types of contracts – Joanna Taczkowska-Olszewska
  • 6 The status of the profession of journalist – Maria Golda-Sobczak
  • 7 A Journalist’s rights under Polish law – Boguslaw Kosmus
  • 8 Some remarks on professionalization of journalism from a professional point of view – Ryszard Slawiñskism, Piotr Frydryszek
  • 9 Advertising Myths and Fouls – Boguslaw Nierenberg
  • 10 Professionalization of journalism and the access of national and religious minorities to the media in Poland – Jêdrzej Skrzypczak
  • 11 The role of the professional self-government in making and maintaining standards of journalistic ethics. Considerations on the background of professions of public trust and their legal forms – Katarzyna Golusiñska
  • 12 Significance of compiling a dictionary of journalistic terminology – Dossan Baimolda, Akhmet Rakhat
  • 13 What are ‘new media’? – Jêdrzej Skrzypczak
  • 14 Journalism as a profession and the challenges of technological and market determinism – Tadeusz Kononiuk
  • 15 The strategy of digital conversion of terrestrial television and radio in Poland – Jêdrzej Skrzypczak
  • 16 Media content: regulatory challenges in the digital environment – Kateryna Afanasieva-Horska
  • 17 Discriminatory taxation of the electronic content of new media in the European Union’s law and policy. Research hypotheses – Zbigniew Czachór
  • 18 The language correctness of journalistic communication and the phenomenon of stereotyping and tabloidization of the mass communication media – Jacek Sobczak
  • 19 “Hate speech on the Internet” – difficulties with an objectified defining of the concept – Bartosz Hordecki
  • 20 Hate speech. Towards a research standard – Marek Troszyñski
  • 21 Vulgarisation of the language of journalistic communication – Ksenia Kakareko
  • 22 Hate speech – website administrators’ liability for content on website – Joanna Buchalska
  • 23 The issues concerning the liability of search engine operators – Katarzyna Chalubiñska-Jentkiewicz
  • 24 Legal instruments aimed at countering hate speech – Dominika Bychawska-Siniarska
  • 25 Freedom of speech and its limits in the face of extreme speech – Robert Grochowski
  • 26 The ban on possession and presentation of objects containing content that promotes a totalitarian system or incitement to hatred. Between the actual need, hypersensitivity, populism and rational action of the legislature – Maria £oszewska-Olowska
  • 27 Anecdote as an insult – Iryna Marynenko
  • 28 A letter to the editor, Hyde Park, graffiti on a wall or a garden? Whose technological and semantic space is co-created by the user-generated content in the Polish Internet? – Piotr Toczyski, Anna Gumkowska
  • 29 Shaping EU copyright law Selected aspects of lobbying and EU policy-making – Agnieszka Vetulani-Cêgiel
  • 30 Audiovisual commercial communication and new advertising techniques in the audiovisual on demand services – Katarzyna Klafkowska-Waoeniowska
  • 31 The control of the optical carriers’ production – postscript after the decade of the regulation – Krzysztof Felchner
  • Contributors

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