Adrienne Russell is a leading new media academic and author of 'Networked: A Contemporary History of News in Transition,' published in 2011. This captivating Adrienne Russell keynote address tackles the highly relevant issue of the transitional period in which the profession of journalism currently finds itself.
While Russell maintains that all cultural industries are presently experiencing this shift, she argues that journalism in particular is closely associated with the health of public life. The emerging style of network journalism has a "new set of actors, new products and new practices," which "requires new tools, new players and new sensibilities," according to Russell.
Russell elaborates by explaining that many media critics are preoccupied with the watchdog role of a journalist, which she claims has been carried over form the mass media era.