Dear All,
The following book may be of interest to some on this list.
(Yes, I've got a chapter in it.)
Best wishes,

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From: Jelle Mast <[log in to unmask]>
Date: Fri, 8 Jan 2021 at 12:54
Subject: NEW BOOK: "News Values from an Audience Perspective"
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Dear colleagues,

We are very pleased to announce the publication of a new edited collection on news values, entitled "News Values from an Audience Perspective" (Palgrave Macmillan). More details below. Apologies for cross-posting.

All the best,
Jelle Mast & Martina Temmerman

"News Values from an Audience Perspective"

Edited by Martina Temmerman & Jelle Mast (Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium)

This book focuses on journalistic news values from an audience perspective. The audience influences what is deemed newsworthy by journalists, not only because journalists tell their stories with a specific audience in mind, but increasingly because the interaction of the audience with the news can be measured extensively in digital journalism and because members of the audience have a say in which stories will be told.

In nine chapters, a 360-degree view of journalism’s complex relationship with the audience is given.

The first section considers how thinking about news values has evolved over the last fifty years and puts news values in a broader perspective by looking at news consumers’ preferences in different countries worldwide. The second section analyses audience response, explaining how audience appreciation and ‘clicking’ behaviour informs headline choices and is measured by algorithms. Section three explores how audiences contribute to the creation of news content and discusses mainstream media’s practice of recycling audience contributions on their own social media channels.


In the age of active and participatory audiences and increasing use of audience analytics, this welcome new addition to news values research puts the spotlight squarely on the audience. A unique feature is the diversity of approaches that are included, such as interviews, language analysis, personal and theoretical reflection, global survey data, ethnographic research, and quantitative content analysis. A book for anyone interested in the interplay between audiences and the ever-fascinating question of what counts as ‘news’!

Monika Bednarek, Associate Professor of Linguistics, University of Sydney, Australia

This is an important and timely book about news and news selection in what is a rapidly changing and blurred media landscape, bringing together new concepts and recent research to examine the influences on news and newsworthiness, while also rekindling a conversation about what news journalism should be. 

Deirdre O'Neill, Member of the Executive Committee of the Association for Journalism Education, UK

The classic paradigm of news values is revisited from a new angle. Anticipating the audience turn in journalism studies, this book offers important new insights to understand the profound changes in how news is made.

Marcel Broersma, Professor of Media and Journalism Studies, University of Groningen, Netherlands

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