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Thurman, Neil J (2008) Forums for citizen journalists? Adoption of user generated content initiatives by online news media. New Media & Society, 10 (1). pp. 139-157. ISSN 1461-4448

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    The mainstream online news media face accusations of being slow to respond to so-called 'grassroots' or 'citizen journalism', which uses the world wide web, and in particular blogs and wikis, to publish and promote independent news-related content. This article argues that the adaptation of established news websites to the increasing demand from readers for space to express their views is driven as much by local organizational and technical conditions as it is by any attachment to traditional editorial practices. The article uses qualitative research interviews with the editors and managing editors of nine major British news websites to reveal the debates journalists are having about their changing roles, the challenges of meeting commercial expectations and legal obligations, and the innovations taking place in online newsrooms. It provides journalism and interactive media scholars with case studies on the changes taking place in journalism's relationship with its consumers.

    Item Type: Article
    Uncontrolled Keywords: blogs, British news websites, citizen journalism, grassroots journalism, online journalism, participatory journalism, user generated content
    Subjects: Social studies > Sociology > Applied Sociology
    Mass Communications and Documentation > Publishing > Electronic Publishing > Publishing via the World Wide Web
    Mass Communications and Documentation > Journalism
    Mass Communications and Documentation > Media studies > Electronic Media studies
    Mass Communications and Documentation > Publishing > Electronic Publishing
    Divisions: UNSPECIFIED
    Depositing User: Mr Neil J Thurman
    Date Deposited: 23 Jul 2008 14:25
    Last Modified: 23 Aug 2010 14:26
    URI: http://opendepot.org/id/eprint/134

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