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Hermida, Alfred and Thurman , Neil J (2008) A CLASH OF CULTURES: The integration of user-generated content within professional journalistic frameworks at British newspaper websites. Journalism Practice, 2 (3). pp. 343-356.

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      Abstract

      This study examines how national UK newspaper websites are integrating user-generated content (UGC). A survey quantifying the adoption of UGC by mainstream news organisations showed a dramatic increase in the opportunities for contributions from readers. In-depth interviews with senior news executives revealed this expansion is taking place despite residual doubts about the editorial and commercial value of material from the public. The study identified a shift towards the use of moderation due to editors' persistent concerns about reputation, trust, and legal liabilities, indicating that UK newspaper websites are adopting a traditional gate-keeping role towards UGC. The findings suggest a gate-keeping approach may offer a model for the integration of UGC, with professional news organisations providing editorial structures to bring different voices into their news reporting, filtering and aggregating UGC in ways they believe to be useful and valuable to their audience. While this research looked at UGC initiatives in the context of the UK newspaper industry, it has broad relevance as professional journalists tend to share a similar set of norms. The British experience offers valuable lessons for news executives making their first forays into this area and for academics studying the field of participatory journalism.

      Item Type: Article
      Subjects: Mass Communications and Documentation > Publishing > Interactive Publishing
      Mass Communications and Documentation > Media studies > Electronic Media studies
      Mass Communications and Documentation > Publishing > Electronic Publishing
      Mass Communications and Documentation > Publishing > Multi-media Publishing
      Mass Communications and Documentation > Media studies > Media Production
      Mass Communications and Documentation > Publishing > Electronic Publishing > Publishing via the World Wide Web
      Mass Communications and Documentation > Journalism
      Mass Communications and Documentation > Media studies
      Social studies > Sociology > Sociology not elsewhere classified > Sociology of Science and Technology
      Divisions: UNSPECIFIED
      Depositing User: Mr Neil J Thurman
      Date Deposited: 03 Sep 2008 22:52
      Last Modified: 26 Aug 2010 16:07
      URI: http://opendepot.org/id/eprint/147

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