Stuff that matters: Slashdot and the emergence of open news

Bruns, Axel (2003) Stuff that matters: Slashdot and the emergence of open news. In Association of Internet Researchers Conference, 16-19 October, Toronto, Canada.


Recent years have seen the emergence of a new genre of user-driven Websites engaged in a novel form of news reporting which has been described as open publishing or open news, in analogy to the open source movement. These sites combine news, rumours and background information as well as community discussion and commentary on their chosen topic, and frequently serve as a first point of entry for readers interested in learning more about the field. Examples include Slashdot (, Openflows News (, Kuro5hin (, but beyond this group of sites which operate mainly in the Internet policy and technology sector - roviding 'news for nerds', as Slashdot describes itself - open news sites can now also be found in many other fields of interest from politics to entertainment

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ID Code: 244
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Open news, New news media, Open publishing, Slashdot, Open flows news
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)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING (190000) > JOURNALISM AND PROFESSIONAL WRITING (190300) > Journalism Studies (190301)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2003 (Please consult author)
Deposited On: 02 Jul 2004 00:00
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2010 12:21

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