Spotlight on… Journalism and Media

MDPI has so many journals that have made a difference in their respective fields.

One of the journals which often receives less attention is Journalism and Media. It covers many topics, including digital journalism, social media, public relations and ethics in journalism.

Journalism and the media are inherently important in our society. Their influence alters cultural norms and changes opinions across society.

It is therefore necessary for their impact to be studied and analysed.

Both media and journalism are commonly studied disciplines in universities around the world. It is no surprise that the research stemming from these subjects is as important as it is, and warrants its own journal.

The field encompasses many more topics than meets the eye. Environment, health, sport, social activity, economy, business, social networks, digitalisation, laws and politics are all implicated in the broad sphere of journalism and media.

Notable papers include a paper on virtual reality and its potential use in journalism, one about how TikTok and television intersect, and an algorithmic journalism feature.

Ivana Vuleta is the Managing Editor of Journalism and Media.

Journalism and Media is published every quarter online. When it was first established in January 2020, it was named Future Journalism and Media, but by the following month, it had dropped ‘Future’.

Here, Ivana discusses the foundations of the journal and its everyday operations.

How does Journalism and Media compare to other journals?

Journalism and Media is an open access scholarly journal, which is, in my opinion, a huge advantage compared to other journals in the field. Open access gives scholars the opportunity to make their latest research publicly available to everyone.

The journal is published by MDPI, which means that a timely and professional peer review process is guaranteed. Our journal also provides professional copy-editing and English editing for every accepted paper.

Authors are always kept up to date on the statuses of their submissions, which is something that is appreciated in the academic community. We have received a lot of positive feedback from authors regarding our professionalism and dedication.

Are there any standout papers from the journal?

The journal covers a very dynamic field.

I would say that the most interesting articles to me are those published in our Special Issue “Media Freedom in the Age of COVID-19″, such as the article “Kindness and Control: The Political Leadership of Jacinda Ardern in the Aotearoa New Zealand COVID-19 Media Conferences”, as well as “Reporting Strategy and Gender Perspective in Chinese Media Coverage of COVID-19 News”.

This Special Issue is now closed, however, considering the high amount of interest and great importance of the topic, we created a Topic Collection which focuses on COVID-19- and media-related topics, entitled “Role of Media and Journalism during COVID-19 Pandemic: Lessons Learned and Future Challenges”.

How did you become Managing Editor of the journal?

I had been working at MDPI for almost two years, when I was asked if I would be willing to manage the journal.

At the time, I was an experienced Assistant Editor who processed more than 150 peer-reviewed papers and led a few successful Special Issues, mostly in small journals within the social sciences and humanities research fields.

I wanted to combine my experience as an MDPI Editor with my educational background in Political Sciences, to develop a new journal, in line with my personal interests and educational background.

Even though it was difficult, we got there in the end. We have our journal, Journalism and Media, with an impressive Editorial Board, led by Prof. Dr. Andreu Casero-Ripollés, the Editor-in-Chief.

What work do you do for the journal on a daily basis?

ME responsibilities are liable to change. It really depends on the stage of the journal’s development. My main responsibility is to keep the journal moving along from month to month. This requires a lot of communication with all parties involved with the journal; internal as well as external.

I have almost daily communication with the Editor-in-Chief and the authors, as well as with the Editorial Board Members and Guest Editors.