From Value to Values, from Field to Discipline: Understanding Journalistic Culture in the 21st Century


  • C. W. Anderson School of Media and Communication, University of Leeds



Journalism Studies, Mass Media, Political Protest, Sociology, Values


The Introduction to this Symposium, "Value and Values in the Organizational Production of News," outlines its primary themes. It begins with an elaboration of the argument that the past few years have seen a major shift in the analytical concerns of researchers interested in the production, consumption, and institutional transformation of news. Whereas public conversations about journalism in the first two decades of the internet era were primarily oriented toward questions of “value,” a series of political shocks have called into question not only the value but the normative values of news. The Introduction then discusses the two major aims of the Symposium through an overview of the articles and essays contained herein. The first aim is to apply the theories and tools of sociology to the analysis both of news value and news value(s). The second aim is to reflect on what this analytical framework can tell us about the disciplinary relationship between journalism studies and sociology.


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Brouwers, A. D., & Witschge, T. (2020). Hope as a Portal to Change: Reimagining Journalism’s Value(s). Sociologica, 14,(2), 201–216.

Chang, J., Gitlin, T., & Schudson, M. (2020). Reflecting on Forty Years of Sociology, Media Studies, and Journalism: An Interview with Todd Gitlin and Michael Schudson. Sociologica, 14(2), 249–263.

Christin, A., & Petre, C. (2020). Making Peace with Metrics: Relational Work in Online News Production. Sociologica, 14(2), 133–156.

De Maeyer, J. (2020). “A Nose for News”: From (News) Values to Valuation. Sociologica, 14(2), 109–132.

Graves, L., & Lauer, L. (2020). From Movement to Institution: The “Global Fact” Summit as a Field-Configuring Event. Sociologica, 14(2), 157–174.

Hansen, E. (2020). Disrupting the News. Sociologica, 14(2), 175–199.

Harp, R., Callison, C., & Young, M. L. (2020). Value and Values in the Interstices of Journalism and Journalism Studies: An Interview with Candis Callison and Mary Lynn Young. Sociologica, 14(2), 235–247.

Jackson, S. J. (2020). On #BlackLivesMatter and Journalism. Sociologica, 14(2), 101–108.

Jacobs, R. N. (2020). Virality, Algorithms, and Illiberal Attacks on the Press: Legitimation Strategies for a New World. Sociologica, 14(2), 217–233.

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Stark, D. (2011). The Sense of Dissonance: Accounts of Worth in Economic Life. Princeton: Princeton University Press.




How to Cite

Anderson, C. W. (2020). From Value to Values, from Field to Discipline: Understanding Journalistic Culture in the 21st Century. Sociologica, 14(2), 93–100.