Web Journalism A New Form of Citizenship?

by Sean Tunney

Web Journalism A New Form of Citizenship? Synopsis

This book provides a much-needed analytical account of the implications of interactive participation in the construction of media content. Although web journalism is a fast-changing technology this book will have sustained appeal to an international readership by seeking to critically assess Internet news production. With the rise of blogging and citizen journalism, it is a commonplace to observe that interactive participatory media are transforming the relationship between the traditional professional media and their audience. A current, popular, assumption is that the traditional flow of information from media to citizen is being reformed into a democratic dialogue between members of a community. The editors and contributors analyse and debate this assumption through international case studies that include the United Kingdom and United States. While the text has been written and designed for undergraduate and postgraduate use, the book will be of use and of interest to all those engaged in the debate over Web reporting and citizen journalism.

Web Journalism A New Form of Citizenship? Press Reviews

Journalists used to be the exclusive gatekeepers of media information. Though publishers arguably have their own agendas, professional journalists selected and researched stories and then presented them to the public with the expectation of integrity, lack of bias, and fairness. But with the advent of the Internet, newsgathering is no longer a one-way avenue from journalist to reader. Now citizen journalists can report their views, opinions, and agendas (evident or hidden) through blogging and Weblogs, independent of journalists bound by professional ethics. Due in part to declining readership, mainstream media outlets have recognized the need to change and now have blogs of their own staffed by journalists. Participatory journalism has also been influential in creating social and political change, especially in developing countries. This book explores all this, as well as how mainstream media have interacted with citizen journalism. It includes discussion of the changing attitude toward traditional media as an authoritative news source and of the way participatory journalism is shaping how both the traditional media and the populace view what is newsworthy. A final section analyzes this relatively new phenomenon in reshaping the role of the citizenry in a new democratic reporting process. Recommended. Choice Journalism finds itself in a turbulent period of transition. This outstanding volume addresses the major transformations facing journalism today as it increasingly goes online: it tackles such issues as how we define what journalism is, what criteria we should use to evaluate it, as well as who is and is not a journalist. Further, these topics lead us into still more profound questions about the role of journalism in the politics of modern society and the health of democracy more generally. Questions also come to the fore concerning the kind of journalism citizens need, and to what extent citizens should participate in its production and dissemination. . . . The editors have done a splendid job in assembling and presenting a broad range of robust contributions from both academic scholars and practitioners. This generous collection of 21 chapters encompasses a variety of perspectives and points of departure, highlighting key points of debate. The reader is offered insights into what is happening in the online journalism of the mainstream media and how the notion of professionalism is contested; the world of journalistic blogging is illuminated from variety of perspectives; versions of citizen journalism are explored. The horizon of democracy and citizenship serves as an integrating framework, yet the breadth is also impressive: chapters probe the divergent paths these developments can take in different national and political contexts, including modern China. Slated to become a landmark book in the areas of web studies and journalism, this lively and engaging collection will attract readers from many fields. Professor Peter Dahlgren, Lund University, author, Democracy and the Media Journalism finds itself in a turbulent period of transition. This outstanding volume addresses the major transformations facing journalism today as it increasingly goes online: it tackles such issues as how we define what journalism is, what criteria we should use to evaluate it, as well as who is and is not a journalist. Further, these topics lead us into still more profound questions about the role of journalism in the politics of modern society and the health of democracy more generally. Questions also come to the fore concerning the kind of journalism citizens need, and to what extent citizens should participate in its production and dissemination. . . . The editors have done a splendid job in assembling and presenting a broad range of robust contributions from both academic scholars and practitioners. This generous collection of 21 chapters encompasses a variety of perspectives and points of departure, highlighting key points of debate. The reader is offered insights into what is happening in the online journalism of the mainstream media and how the notion of professionalism is contested; the world of journalistic blogging is illuminated from variety of perspectives; versions of citizen journalism are explored. The horizon of democracy and citizenship serves as an integrating framework, yet the breadth is also impressive: chapters probe the divergent paths these developments can take in different national and political contexts, including modern China. ... Slated to become a landmark book in the areas of web studies and journalism, this lively and engaging collection will attract readers from many fields. --Professor Peter Dahlgren, Lund University, author, Democracy and the Media Public participation and the Internet is reforming the news media in dramatic ways across the globe, so it is time to have a serious debate about what that means for journalism and society: this timely book is a thoughtful, wide-ranging and relevant way to kick-start that conversation. --Charlie Beckett, London School of Economics, author, Supermedia: Saving Journalism So It Can Change the World Journalists used to be the exclusive gatekeepers of media information. Though publishers arguably have their own agendas, professional journalists selected and researched stories and then presented them to the public with the expectation of integrity, lack of bias, and fairness. But with the advent of the Internet, newsgathering is no longer a one-way avenue from journalist to reader. Now 'citizen journalists' can report their views, opinions, and agendas (evident or hidden) through blogging and Weblogs, independent of journalists bound by professional ethics. Due in part to declining readership, mainstream media outlets have recognized the need to change and now have blogs of their own staffed by journalists. Participatory journalism has also been influential in creating social and political change, especially in developing countries. This book explores all this, as well as how mainstream media have interacted with citizen journalism. It includes discussion of the changing attitude toward traditional media as an authoritative news source and of the way participatory journalism is shaping how both the traditional media and the populace view what is newsworthy. A final section analyzes this relatively new phenomenon in reshaping the role of the citizenry in a new democratic reporting process. Recommended. --Choice

Book Information

ISBN: 9781845192785
Publication date: 3rd December 2009
Author: Sean Tunney
Publisher: Sussex Academic Press
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 347 pages
Categories: Media studies, Press & journalism,

About Sean Tunney

Sean Tunney is Senior Lecturer in Journalism at the University of Portsmouth. He has worked as a journalist on both national and local newspapers and on the web, and has written on media history and on British and European politics.

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