Journalism as Social Networking

This paper by Jason Wilson and myself has been published in Journalism: Theory, Practice and Criticism, Vol. 11 no. 2, April 2010. The abstract is below:

The increasing prevalence of new media technologies and the rise of citizen journalism have coincided with a crisis in industrial journalism — as the figure of the ‘journalist as hero’ is fading, new media forms have facilitated the production of news content ‘from below’ by citizens and ‘pro-am’ journalists. Participation in an action-research project run during the 2007 Australian federal election, youdecide 2007, allowed the authors to gain first-hand insights into the progress of citizen-led news media in Australia, but also allowed us to develop an account of what the work of facilitating citizen journalism involves. These insights are important to understanding the future of professional journalism and journalism education, as more mainstream media organizations move to accommodate and harness user-created content. The article considers the relevance of citizen journalism projects as forms of R&D for understanding news production and distribution in participatory media cultures, and the importance of grounded case studies for moving beyond normative debates about new media and the future of journalism.

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About Terry Flew

I am Professor of Media and Communication in the Creative Industries Faculty at the Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia. I am the author of New Media: An Introduction, the fourth edition of which was published by Oxford University Press in 2014. I am also the author of Understanding Global Media, published by Palgrave in 2007, and The Creative Industries, Culture and Policy, published by Sage in 2012.

1 reply to “Journalism as Social Networking

  1. Gari Sullivan

    Hi Terry,

    I am a citizen journalist and writer from the UK. Currently, I am coming to the end of a four-month tour of Australia and New Zealand, giving talk on citizen journalism. I focus mainly on the role of the broadcaster and the interests that governments have in citizen journalism and its future. I argue that the least knowledgeable group when it comes to the power and future of this growing news source is that of the citizen journalists (ie. the citizens).

    I am giving my talk in Brisbane at the Square Library on Saturday 21st Jan 2012 at 1:30pm. You may be interested in attending.

    You can find out more about me and my talks from my website.

    Gari Sullivan

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