period: 2015 – 2021
team: Mark Deuze & Tamara Witschge
funders: Reynolds Journalism Institute
partners: University of Amsterdam
hosts: University of Amsterdam; University of Groningen
what is beyond journalism about?
Together with Mark Deuze and graduate students we research journalistic startups all over the world to tell their stories on creativity, innovation and passion for journalism.
In the context of profound transformations in the professional, business, technological and social context of journalism, it is crucial for journalism studies and education to move beyond limited approaches to the discipline. Among the most significant changes affecting journalism worldwide is the emergence of startup culture, as more and more journalists strike out on their own.
We combine extensive global and comparative fieldwork. Through rich case studies of journalism startups around the world, we provide deep insight into the promises and pitfalls of media entrepreneurship. Ultimately, we aim to recognize new and emerging voices as legitimate participants in the discourse about what journalism is, can be and should be.