A retrospective glance at journal co-authoring in 2014

Hi there

With this post I wish to take a retrospective glance at my journal co-authoring in 2014. Throughout the year I contributed to the publishing of 7 articles in international journals, enjoying great collaborations with five different yet all ambitious and friendly colleagues: Jakob Bjur, Mathias A. Färdigh, Marina Ghersetti, Arne H. Krumsvik, and Seth C. Lewis.

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On January 7th, a theoretical and empirical analysis titled Modelling News Media Use. Positing and applying the GC/MC model to the analysis of media use in everyday life and crisis situations was published in Journalism Studies (Online first), co-authored with Marina Ghersetti. The article offers a 2 x 2 matrix for understanding the role of medium-centric and generation-centric approaches in describing and explaining media use. Statistical analysis of nationally representative survey data provides evidence that all generations, and both daily and less frequent users of different media, envision themselves turning to these during a crisis. Their envisioned broadening of media use, predominantly involving commanding attention to immediate news media reporting, results in a cross-generational homogenization of media use.

In February Jakob Bjur and I published our empirical analysis focusing on the Media Life of the Young in Young (22:1), making it the first empirical operationalization of Mark Deuze´s concept of Media Life. The investigation is based on a robust national survey with Swedes born 1994–2001, conducted in 2010 and focusing on four media: television, gaming, the Internet and mobile devices. Two of the findings are particularly surprising. Firstly, the results reveal that the young generally lead heterogeneous media lives, varying with age and sex. Secondly, although some young people literarily live their life in media, there are also de facto young who live a life without media. This is particularly pronounced for gaming and mobile use.

Then in July Digital Journalism published (Online first) a conceptual piece written by Seth C. Lewis and myself. The article is titled Actors, Actants, Audiences, and Activities in Cross-Media News Work, and it integrates and conceptualizes litterature from diverse fields, arguing that scholars beneift from a sociotechnical emphasis for the study of institutional news production involving the 4 A´s: Actors, Actants, Audiences and Activities.This emphasis addresses two shortcomings in the journalism studies literature: a relative neglect about (1) the interplay of humans and technology, or manual and computational modes of orientation and operation, and (2) the interplay of editorial, business, and technology in news organizations. This article’s ultimate contribution is a cross-media news work matrix that illustrates the interconnections among the Four A’s and reveals where opportunities remain for empirical study. The article will service as the lead article in the forthcoming special issue on theories of journalism guest edited by Sten Steensen and Laura Ahva.

In August there were two co-authored articles published in the Journal of Media Innovations (1:2), a relatively new yet already important journal, which offers open-access to all its articles. First, Seth C. Lewis offered the lead article of the issue focusing on innovations in the newsroom and beyond. Our article – Agents of Media Innovations: Actors, Actants, and Audiences – also builds on the 4 A´s approach presented in the Digitial Journalism article. The article scrutinizes media innovation as a specific form of Activitiy, and then conceptualizes how Actors, Actants and Audiences may be involved in such processes. It present the 4A Matrix as an attempt to map this interplay, serving as a heuristic for the scholarly study of media innovations, as well as a conceptual tool for envisioning, at a practical level, how media managers might act strategically Second, Arne H. Krumsvik and I published an article titled Perceptions of Intra-Organizational Collaboration and Media Workers’ Interests in Media Innovations, which utilized cross-sectional survey data with Norwegian newspaper executives (2011 and 2013). Results show that media workers involved in production (editorial staff of the newsroom) and sales (business department) are perceived to be significantly less interested in digital innovation work compared to their colleagues in the IT department. Although these intra-organizational actors have worked closer to each other amid their endevaours with digital media, they do not think such work has fostered increased collaboration.

To continue, by the end of November Digital Journalism published (Online first) another conceptual and litterature driven article by Seth C. Lewis and myself: Big Data and Journalism: Epistemology, expertise, economics, and ethics. The article will serve as the concluding article of a truly ambitious, timely and worthwhile special issue focusing on Big Data and Journalism, guest edited by Seth C. Lewis . Our co-authored article introduces and applies four conceptual lenses—epistemology, expertise, economics, and ethics—to explore both contemporary and potential applications of big data for the professional logic and industrial production of journalism. In all, the developments of big data potentially have great meaning for journalism’s ways of knowing (epistemology) and doing (expertise), as well as its negotiation of value (economics) and values (ethics).

At last, on December 30th, Accessing the News in an Age of Mobile Media was published in Mobile Media & Communication (3:1). The article has been co-authored with Mathias A. Färdigh, and it essentially describes and explains displacing vis-à-vis complementary effects among age cohorts.  The data used originate from scientific omnibus survey projects conducted annually from 1986 to 2012 at the University of Gothenburg, representative to the Swedish population. The findings show that the public generally engage in single-media rather than cross-media news consumption, whereas age cohorts have developed divergent forms of single-media use: (a) the 1930s and 1940s age cohort are primarily single-media users in print, (b) the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s age cohorts are computer-oriented single-media users; and (c) the 1980s and 1990s age cohorts are mainly single-media users via mobile devices, but also cross-media users of mobile devices combined with a computer. As of 2012, the uptake of mobile news and cross-media news consumption reached new records, whereas the single-media use of printed newspapers reached a new low. The integrated theoretical framework proves useful for comprehending such transforming news consumption among age cohorts, and reveals the significance for legacy news media to explore and exploit the opportunities arising from mobile devices and tablets.

Down below you find full reference information, plus link to download of pre-print copies where these are not open-access.

Yours Sincerely




Westlund, Oscar & Ghersetti, Marina. (2014). Modelling News Media Use. Positing and applying the GC/MC model to the analysis of media use in everyday life and crisis situations, Journalism Studies, OnlineFirst, pp. 1-19. PRE-PRINT

Westlund, Oscar & Bjur, Jakob. (2014. Media Life of the Young, Young, Vol. 22(1). pp. 21-41. PRE-PRINT

Lewis, C. Seth & Westlund, Oscar (2015). Actors, Actants, Audiences, and Activities in Cross-Media News Work, Digital Journalism, Vol. 3(1). doi: 10.1080/21670811.2014.927986 [PRE-PRINT]

Westlund, Oscar & Lewis, C. Seth (2014). Agents of Media Innovations: Actors, Actants, and Audiences, The Journal of Media Innovations, Vol. 1(2), pp. 10-35. doi: 10.5617/jmi.v1i2.856 [LEAD ARTICLE, OPEN-ACCESS]

Westlund, Oscar & Krumsvik, Arne H. (2014). Perceptions of Intra-Organizational Collaboration and Media Workers’ Interests in Media Innovations, Vol. 1(2). pp. 52-74. doi: 10.5617/jmi.v1i2.858. [OPEN-ACCESS]

Lewis, Seth & Westlund, Oscar (2015). Big Data and Journalism: Epistemology, expertise, economics, and ethics, Digital Journalism, [OnlineFirst], doi: 10.1080/21670811.2014.976418 [PRE-PRINT]

Westlund, Oscar & Färdigh. A. Mathias. (2015). Accessing the News in an Age of Mobile Media, Mobile Media & Communication, Vol. 3(1), pp. 53-74. doi:10.1177/2050157914549039 [PRE-PRINT]