Discussing emotions in digital journalism
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Original versionOrgeret, K. (2020). Discussing emotions in digital journalism. Digital Journalism, 8(2),292-297. doi:https://doi.org/10.1080/21670811.2020.1727347 https://doi.org/10.1080/21670811.2020.1727347
Until recently, the notion of emotion in media studies and commu- nication research was mostly examined through the lens of cultural studies, media effects, and visuals. Research on emotion in journal- ism has been slow to arrive, as Karin Wahl-Jorgensen shows in this special issue. However, this is radically changing. Contributions by Hassan, Kilgo, Lough, Riedl, Sanchez Laws, Waddell, and Zou high- light how the affordances of digital journalism have an impact on the space for emotion in evaluating the relationships between jour- nalists, journalistic content and their audiences. Embracing emo- tions as a dimension in digital journalism studies contributes to opening up interesting approaches towards concepts such as objectivity, and for more nuanced research on the power hidden in the ‘taken for granted’ in classic liberal journalism. While highlight- ing the liberating and empowering potential in the inclusion of emotions in journalism, there is also a need to focus on how affect- ive dynamics can be spurred by phenomena such as conflict and hate. When introducing emotions in the journalistic loop, new questions arise, and perspectives of power and negotiations must be included in these discussions.