"Preditors": Making Citizen Journalism Work
Wilson, Jason A., Saunders, Barry J., & Bruns, Axel (2008) "Preditors": Making Citizen Journalism Work. In Bromley, Michael S. (Ed.) AMIC Conference: Convergence, Citizen Journalism and Social Change, 26-28 March 2008, Brisbane.
Although there is great interest in citizen journalism services that harness user-generated content, the continuing contribution of professional staff who coordinate such efforts is often overlooked. This paper offers a typology of the work of the professional "preditors" who continue to operate at the heart of "pro-am" journalism initiatives. It shows that their work takes place along four dimensions – content work, networking, community work and tech work. It suggests that this is a structural change in journalistic practice, which has implications for journalists' professional identity and journalism education.
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