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Participatory Journalism Practices in the Media and Beyond: An International Comparative Study of Initiatives in Online Newspaper

Domingo, D., Quandt, T., Heinonen, A., Paulussen, S., Singer, J. and Vujnovic, M. (2008). Participatory Journalism Practices in the Media and Beyond: An International Comparative Study of Initiatives in Online Newspaper. Journalism Practice, 2(3), pp. 326-342. doi: 10.1080/17512780802281065

Abstract

This article is a contribution to the debate on audience participation in online media with a twofold aim: a) making conceptual sense of the phenomenon of participatory journalism in the framework of journalism research, and b) determining the forms that it is taking in eight European countries and the USA. First, participatory journalism is considered in the context of the historical evolution of public communication. A methodological strategy for systematically analysing citizen participation opportunities in the media is then proposed and applied. A sample of 16 online newspapers offers preliminary data that suggest news organisations are interpreting online user participation mainly as an opportunity for their readers to debate current events, while other stages of the news production process are closed to citizen involvement or controlled by professional journalists when participation is allowed. However, different strategies exist among the studied sample, and contextual factors should be considered in further research.

Publication Type: Article
Additional Information: This is an Author's Original Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis Group in Journalism Practice in 2008, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/17512780802281065
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General)
Departments: School of Arts & Social Sciences > Journalism
URI: http://openaccess.city.ac.uk/id/eprint/3457
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