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Introducing the Bob Franklin Journal Article Award 2018

About the prize

The Bob Franklin Journal Article Award

The Bob Franklin Journal Article Award, a collaboration between Journalism StudiesJournalism Practiceand Digital Journalism, seeks to recognise the article published across the three journals that best contributes to our understanding of connections between culture and society and journalism practices, journalism studies and/or digital media/new technologies.

The portfolio of journals, founded by Professor Bob Franklin, acts as a forum for the critical discussion and study of journalism, encompassing all aspects of journalism scholarship, practice and education.

One article will be shortlisted by each of the journals’ Editors-in-Chief and Associate Editors from papers published in the annual volume of the journals. All papers published in the annual volume of the journals, including by authors at all stages in their careers will be potential candidate entrants for the award. The shortlist of three articles will then be evaluated by a panel comprising key figures in the journalism studies field:

  • Bob Franklin, founding Editor of Journalism Studies, Journalism Practice and Digital Journalism
  • Kaori Hayashi, Professor of Media and Journalism Studies, The University of Tokyo
  • Seth Lewis, Shirley Papé Chair in Emerging Media, University of Oregon
  • Jane Singer, Director of Research and Professor of Innovation Journalism, The City University, London
  • Herman Wasserman, Professor of Media Studies and Director of the Centre for Film and Media Studies, The University of Cape Town

Initial List of Nominations for The Bob Franklin Journal Article Award 2018

YearAuthor(s)JournalArticleVolumeIssue
2017Richard Fletcher & Rasmus Kleis Nielsen
Digital JournalismPaying for Online News59
2017Richard Fletcher & Sora Park
Digital JournalismThe Impact of Trust in the News Media on Online News Consumption and Participation510
2017Jeffrey Kuiken, Anne Schuth, Martijn Spitters & Maarten Marx
Digital JournalismEffective Headlines of Newspaper Articles in a Digital Environment510
2017Allissa V. Richardson
Digital JournalismBearing Witness While Black56
2017Neil Thurman, Konstantin Dörr & Jessica Kunert
Digital JournalismWhen Reporters Get Hands-on with Robo-Writing510
2017Laura Ahva
Journalism PracticeHow Is Participation Practiced by “In-Betweeners” of Journalism?112-3
2017Hsiang Iris Chyi and Ori Tenenboim
Journalism PracticeReality Check117
2017Lis Howell & Jane B. Singer
Journalism PracticePushy or a Princess?119
2017Philip M. Napoli, Sarah Stonebely, Kathleen McCullough & Bryce Renninger
Journalism PracticeLocal Journalism and the Information Needs of Local Communities114
2017Tony Harcup & Deirdre O’Neill
Journalism StudiesWhat is News?1812
2017Wilson Lowrey
Journalism StudiesThe Emergence and Development of News Fact-checking Sites183
2017Joelle Swart, Chris Peters & Marcel Broersma
Journalism StudiesNavigating cross-media news use1811

The short list for the Bob Franklin Journal Article Award for best article published in Digital Journalism, Journalism Practice and Journalism Studies is below.

Discover the three short-listed articles


We are pleased to recognize Dr. Laura Ahva of the University of Tampere, Finland, as the winner of the Bob Franklin Journal Article Award 2018.

Read the winning article