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
The Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy has released its report Australia’s Digital Economy: Future Directions. The report develops the following argument as found in its Executive Summary:
Advancing Australia’s digital economy requires action by government, industry and the community.
The key areas of focus for government, industry and the community in order to maximise the benefits of the digital economy for all Australians are:
•• for Government, to:
−− lay the foundations Australia’s digital infrastructure
−− facilitate innovation
−− set conducive regulatory frameworks
•• for industry, to:
−− demonstrate digital confidence
Interesting piece by Brian McNair on social media and journalism in post-election Iran:
Current events in Iran exemplify what I called in a 2006 book, ‘cultural chaos’. A ruling authoritarian elite struggles to maintain control of information and political dominance in a world where online media and satellite news threaten to make everything it does visible to a global audience.
Internally, Iran’s protesters Google, Twitter and Facebook around the censorship, countering the propaganda which fills state media coverage and organising their opposition.