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Forums for citizen journalists? Adoption of user generated content initiatives by online news media
New Media & Society (2008)
  • Neil J Thurman, City University London
Abstract
The mainstream online news media face accusations of being slow to respond to so-called 'grassroots' or 'citizen journalism', which uses the world wide web, and in particular blogs and wikis, to publish and promote independent news-related content. This article argues that the adaptation of established news websites to the increasing demand from readers for space to express their views is driven as much by local organizational and technical conditions as it is by any attachment to traditional editorial practices. The article uses qualitative research interviews with the editors and managing editors of nine major British news websites to reveal the debates journalists are having about their changing roles, the challenges of meeting commercial expectations and legal obligations, and the innovations taking place in online newsrooms. It provides journalism and interactive media scholars with case studies on the changes taking place in journalism's relationship with its consumers.
Keywords
  • blogs,
  • British news websites,
  • citizen journalism,
  • grassroots journalism,
  • online journalism,
  • participatory journalism,
  • user generated content
Publication Date
February, 2008
Publisher Statement
The final, definitive version of this paper has been published in New Media & Society 10(1), February 2008 by Sage Publications Ltd, All rights reserved. © SAGE Publications Ltd, 2008. It is available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1461444807085325
Citation Information
Neil J. Thurman. "Forums for citizen journalists? Adoption of user generated content initiatives by online news media" New Media & Society 10.1 (2008): 139-157. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1461444807085325