Journal Volume: Volume 6 Issue 1

Volume 6, Number 1 Issue of the #ISOJ Journal

The sixth volume of the #ISOJ academic journal focuses on digital security concerns for journalists, the impact of social media in journalism, the potential for virtual reality in immersive storytelling, the evolution of digital native news organizations, and the economics of accountability journalism.  Read More

“Security by Obscurity”: Journalists’ Mental Models of Information Security

By Susan E. McGregor and Elizabeth Anne Watkins Despite wide-ranging threats and tangible risks, journalists have not done much to change their information or communications security practices in recent years. Through in-depth interviews, we provide insight into how journalists conceptualize security risk. By applying a mental models framework, we identify a model of “security by …  Read More

Six things you didn’t know about headline writing: Sensationalistic form in viral news content from traditional and digitally native news organizations

By Danielle K. Kilgo and Vinicio Sinta From the listicle to the personalized headline, sensational form has become prevalent in online content. Interacting with online news articles through liking, sharing and commenting is one of the most popular social media forms of audience interactions with news organizations in modern times. Using a content analysis of …  Read More

Journalism: How One University Used Virtual Worlds to Tell True Stories

By Leonard Witt, Farooq A. Kperogi, Gwenette Writer Sinclair, Claire Bohrer and Solomon Negash This case study demonstrates a relatively low-cost, quick-startup project that advances work in virtual world immersive journalism; in this case, to amplify the voices of often marginalized youth in the juvenile and criminal justice systems. Using ethnographic and survey research, it …  Read More

The Economics of Accountability Journalism: What Price Is Right?

By James Breiner The declining supply of high-quality accountability journalism, also referred to as investigative or watchdog journalism, can be viewed from an economic perspective as a pricing problem. This costly journalism has never paid for itself. It has been subsidized by advertising or by government, so its value to the audience has never been …  Read More

Interactivity, Social Presence, and Journalistic Use of Twitter

By Jeremy Littau and Mi Rosie Jahng This study explored the extent of journalists’ use of Twitter in terms of interactivity and social cue using a content analysis of journalists’ Twitter profiles (N = 555). Journalists with more personal and professional details on Twitter profiles were more likely to be highly interactive, a relationship that …  Read More