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This entry gives an overview of the definition, context and evolution of churnalism as an important practice in the news production process. It addresses an important tension in the use of the concept that refers to the recycling of existing content including news agency copy as well as press releases. Considering the different modes of communication in journalism and public relations, pre-packaged content originating from these sources raises a different set of ethical concerns. In addition, this entry intends to shed a light on the difficult discussion with respect to the presence of churned content in the news, as well as its supposed increase through time. It also shows that the lack of source transparency in the news output complicates empirical efforts. Finally, considering the high pace of change in the news industry, the entry concludes with a few suggestions for future research and theory.
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Press releases, news agencies, news production, copy-paste news, desk journalism, transparency, news sourcing, churnalism

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Van Leuven, Sarah. 2018. “Churnalism.” In The International Encyclopedia of Journalism Studies.
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Van Leuven, Sarah. (2018). Churnalism. The international encyclopedia of journalism studies.
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Van Leuven S. Churnalism. The international encyclopedia of journalism studies. 2018.
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Van Leuven, Sarah. “Churnalism.” The International Encyclopedia of Journalism Studies. 2018. Print.
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  abstract     = {This entry gives an overview of the definition, context and evolution of churnalism as an important practice in the news production process. It addresses an important tension in the use of the concept that refers to the recycling of existing content including news agency copy as well as press releases. Considering the different modes of communication in journalism and public relations, pre-packaged content originating from these sources raises a different set of ethical concerns. In addition, this entry intends to shed a light on the difficult discussion with respect to the presence of churned content in the news, as well as its supposed increase through time. It also shows that the lack of source transparency in the news output complicates empirical efforts. Finally, considering the high pace of change in the news industry, the entry concludes with a few suggestions for future research and theory.},
  author       = {Van Leuven, Sarah},
  booktitle    = {The international encyclopedia of journalism studies},
  keyword      = {Press releases,news agencies,news production,copy-paste news,desk journalism,transparency,news sourcing,churnalism},
  language     = {eng},
  title        = {Churnalism},
  year         = {2018},
}