My name is Scott Eldridge, and I am an Assistant Professor of Journalism Studies and Media at the University of Groningen, Netherlands. My research focuses on changing dynamics of journalism and specifically focuses on digital journalism, though I’ve also published on visual/photo journalism and on historical perspectives for understanding online media technology. This page offers a collection of links, observations, comments, and other items of interest. This page reflects areas of my academic interest and expertise, and I hope to point to areas of interest as I come across them.
My PhD research explored the language used by traditional newspapers reacting to WikiLeaks to better understand tensions at the boundaries of the journalistic field. Since then, I’ve continued to work towards developing new understanding of digital journalism, exploring not only the boundaries of journalism but also the ways journalism is changing with new, sometimes controversial, digital actors producing journalism in new ways.
In the autumn The Routledge Companion to Digital Journalism Studies will be published. I co-edited this volume with Professor Bob Franklin, and it draws together 59 chapters that survey and prod the emerging field of Digital Journalism Studies. With contributions from dozens of scholars (more than 80 across all the contributions) this volume draws our attention to unique issues and debates, methodological challenges, and changing practices that shape the field of digital journalism studies. I am also Reviews Editor for the journal Digital Journalism and sit on its editorial board, as well as the editorial board of the Journal of Applied Journalism & Media Studies.
Previously I was a Lecturer at the University of Sheffield where I taught Research Methods and a module titled ‘Online Journalism Studies’ where I introduce Master-level students to leading research, key debates, and pressing challenges in the areas of journalism emerging online. For undergraduates I have taught a number of lectures to introduce first, second, and third year students to the dynamics of digital journalism research, as well as lectures on the history of British media technology and on tabloids and gender and tabloids and ‘Americanisation’.
On this page you’ll find links to my published work, including summaries of articles that are behind paywalls, and over time it will continue to develop and grow as a resource.