Publish (and be Popular) or Perish: Value Metrics for Scholarly Work in a Digital Environment
The following essays were presented at an Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication conference panel entitled: “New Media, New Scholarship: the Internet's Potential in the World of Ideas.” Panelist Mitch Stephens challenges the academic world's worshipfulness of the printed word by arguing for new understandings through the use of new technologies. Stephens posits that we should move away from our devotion to print to achieve new spatial and temporal meanings derived from the Internet. Panelist Jane Singer debates the authority of peerreviewed print journals over what academic communities value. With the Internet, there can be new metrics for how to value content based on user-generated authority. In addition to a jury of peers, she argues for the importance of a jury of readers. She suggests that in the academy “getting published counts, but getting read should count too.”
Jane B. Singer. "Publish (and be Popular) or Perish: Value Metrics for Scholarly Work in a Digital Environment" Journalism Studies 9.4 (2008): 599-604.
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