Separate spaces: Discourse about the 2007 Scottish elections on a national newspaper Web site

Singer, J. (2009). Separate spaces: Discourse about the 2007 Scottish elections on a national newspaper Web site. International Journal of Press/Politics, 14(4), pp. 477-496. doi: 10.1177/1940161209336659

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Abstract

In May 2007, Scots voted into office a party and a political leader publicly committed to holding a referendum on independence from Great Britain within four years. This study analyzes nearly 4,800 comments appended to stories on the scotsman.com website, offering one of the first detailed looks at user-generated content on a newspaper-affiliated website in the context of a national election. It explores the evolving nature of online political community and the ways in which newspapers are accommodating a networked environment in their political coverage, addressing issues of citizen and journalistic engagement within a communal space.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: election campaign, media audiences, nationalism, newspapers, public sphere, Web site
Subjects: J Political Science
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General)
Divisions: School of Arts > Department of Journalism
URI: http://openaccess.city.ac.uk/id/eprint/3455

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