30 minutes | May 14th 2020

#42 Exploring constructive journalism with Karen McIntyre

In our podcast studio to discuss the nuances and complexities of constructive journalism is Karen McIntyre, assistant professor of multimedia journalism in the Richard T. Robertson School of Media and Culture at Virginia Commonwealth University. According to Dr. McIntyre, "Constructive journalism is an emerging style of journalism in which positive psychology and other behavioral science techniques are applied to news processes and production with the aim of engaging readers by creating more productive news stories, all while maintaining core journalistic functions like serving as a watchdog and remaining accountable." About our guest: Karen McIntyre received her PhD in journalism and mass communication from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. She previously served on the AEJMC's Electronic News Division and Newspaper and Online News Division. Prior to joining Virginia Commonwealth University, she worked for publications such as the The National Geographic Channel, News21, The Richmond Confidential, and many others. Her research interests more broadly involve the processes and effects of digital media, especially as they relate to media psychology. She has won several Top Paper awards from the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication and has published in journals such as Newspaper Research Journal and Electronic News. Find Dr. McIntyre online: Website: http://karenmcintyre.org/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/kmcintyre3 LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/in/mcintyrekaren/ Read her book: Her forthcoming book, Perspectives on Social-responsibility Reporting: Theory, Practice, and Effects, which is co-edited with University of Oregon Associate Professor Nicole Dahmen, will be available through Peter Lang Publishing. Show Notes: 0:06 - Introductions 1:02 - What is constructive journalism? 2:53 - How did you start researching this topic? 4:26 - Perceptions of constructive journalism 5:40 - Examples of constructive journalism 7:09 - Why is constructive journalism important? 9:00 - How do journalists feel about constructive journalism? 13:39 - What message do you have for students studying journalism? 14:40 - Highlights from Karen's Demystifying Media lecture 17:02 - Impact on constructive journalism on audience engagement 18:05 - What does the research say about constructive journalism? 19:05 - What new research areas are you excited to explore? 20:21 - What research informed your upcoming book? 21:53 - What lessons can we apply from your book to the western journalistic environment? 22:59 - What role can constructive journalism play in science reporting? 25:09 - What is your upcoming book about? Read the transcript for this episode: https://www.scribd.com/document/458899392/Demystifying-Media-Podcast-Karen-McIntyre Video interview with Dr. McIntyre in the studio: https://youtu.be/GKMaL8evaAA Listen to Dr. McIntyre's lecture on constructive journalism: https://soundcloud.com/demystifying-media/43-karen-mcintyre Want to listen to this interview a different way? Find us wherever you get your podcasts: iTunes: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/demy%E2%80%A6ia/id1369395906 Stitcher: https://www.stitcher.com/podcast/university-of-oregon-school-of-journalism-and-communication/demystifying-media-podcast?refid=stpr Spotify: open.spotify.com/show/2Och6Oxpkhyo1nC7D6psHI Find more Demystifying Media talks on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EiELNjgZJJI&list=PLoqXTlv_f5zEJifP55GP1ghtQjY3tzoI0 Watch our Q&As with media experts on fake news, data journalism, privacy in the age of Google, indigenous media, technology trends, Facebook algorithms, and so much more: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iTiuV9h-MKA&list=PLoqXTlv_f5zGu5TJeuL1SMBVCXlM4ViyL
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