Media innovations: success and paradox. (Editorial Introduction)

  • Charles Melvin Ess University of Oslo
Keywords: Media Innovations, ethics, democratic communication


I review the four main articles constituting this issue, highlighting successes as well as tensions and conflicts uncovered across the articles in various efforts at innovation.  I conclude by noting how both individual articles and articles taken together reinforce, expand, and/or call into question larger patterns of media innovations as these have been articulated in previous issues of The Journal of Media Innovations.


Bierhoff, Jan, and Kruitwagen, Sander. 2014. Stories behind the News; Designing an Advanced App for Journalistic Background Information. Journal of Media Innovations 1 (1): 110-128. DOI:

Bleyen, Valérie-Anne, Lindmark, Sven, Ranaivoson, Heritiana, and Ballon, Pieter. 2014. A Typology of Media Innovations: Insights from an Exploratory Study. Journal of Media Innovations 1 (1): 28-51. DOI:

Ess, Charles. 2014. Editor’s Introduction: Innovations in the newsroom – and beyond. The Journal of Media Innovations 1 (2): 1-9. DOI:

Nygren, Gunnar. 2014. Multiskilling in the newsroom – de-skilling or re-skilling of journalistic work? Journal of Media Innovations 1 (1): 75-96. DOI:

Nyre, Lars. 2014. Media design method. Journal of Media Innovations 1 (1): 86-109.

Panayiota, Tsatsou. 2014. Internet Studies: Past, Present, and Future Directions. Farnham, Surrey: Ashgate.

Ropolyi, László. 2013. Philosophy of the Internet: A Discourse on the Nature of the Internet. <>

Spivak, Gayatri Chakravorty. 1999. A Critique of Postcolonial Reason: Toward a History of the Vanishing Present. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University. Press.