Journalism as social networking : the Australian youdecide project and the 2007 Federal election

Flew, Terry & Wilson, Jason A. (2008) Journalism as social networking : the Australian youdecide project and the 2007 Federal election. In Papandrea, Franco & Armstrong, Mark (Eds.) Record of the Communications Policy and Research Forum 2008, Network Insight, University of Technology, Sydney, pp. 47-61.


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The increasing prevalence of new media technologies and the rise of citizen journalism has 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 during the 2007 Australian Federal Election, youdecide 2007, allowed the authors to gain first-hand insights into the progress of citizen-led news media in Australia, but also allowed us to develop an account of what the work of facilitating citizen journalism involves. These insights are important to understanding the future of professional journalism and journalism education, as more mainstream media organizations move to accommodate and harness user-created content. The paper considers the relevance of citizen journalism projects as forms of R&D for understanding news production and distribution in participatory media cultures, and the importance of grounded case studies for moving beyond normative debates about new media and the future of journalism.

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ID Code: 14217
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: No
Additional Information: The published version of the entire conference proceedings is available via the Official URL.
Keywords: Journalism, citizen journalism, Australian politics, elections, action research, new media, Internet, online journalism
ISBN: 9780980434415
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING (190000) > JOURNALISM AND PROFESSIONAL WRITING (190300)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Past > Institutes > Institute for Creative Industries and Innovation
Past > Schools > Journalism, Media & Communication
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2008 Please consult the authors.
Deposited On: 30 Jul 2008 00:00
Last Modified: 02 Mar 2012 11:22

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