Citizen Journalism and Political participation: The Youdecide project and the 2007 Australian Federal Election

Flew, Terry & Wilson, Jason A. (2008) Citizen Journalism and Political participation: The Youdecide project and the 2007 Australian Federal Election. In Creating Value: Between Commons and Commerce - conference of the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Creative Industries and Innovation, 25-27 June 2008, Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, Brisbane, Australia. (Unpublished)


The 2007 Australian Federal election not only saw the election of a Labor government after 11 years of John Howard's conservative Coalition government. It also saw new levels of political engagement through the Internet, including the rise of citizen journalism as an alternative outlet and mode of reporting on the election. This paper reports on the Youdecide 2007 project, an initiative undertaken by a QUT-based research team to facilitate online news reporting on the election on a 'hyper-local', electorate-based model. We evaluate the Youdecide initiative on the basis of: promoting greater citizen participation in Australian politics; new ways of engaging citizens and key stakeholders in policy deliberation; establishing new links between mainstream media and independent online media; and broadening the base of political participation to include a wider range of citizen and groups.

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ID Code: 13826
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: No
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Keywords: Australia, politics, participation, citizen journalism, Internet, media, democracy, access
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LANGUAGES COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE (200000) > COMMUNICATION AND MEDIA STUDIES (200100) > Communication and Media Studies not elsewhere classified (200199)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2008 (please consult author)
Deposited On: 20 Jun 2008 00:00
Last Modified: 02 Feb 2012 09:26

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