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. Australian Journal of Communication, 35(2), pp. 17-39.


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 You Decide 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 You Decide 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: 27292
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: citizen journalism , political communication , Australian politics, Internet, digital media
ISSN: 0811-6202
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LANGUAGES COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE (200000) > COMMUNICATION AND MEDIA STUDIES (200100)
Divisions: Past > Research Centres > ARC Centre of Excellence for Creative Industries and Innovation
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Past > Schools > Journalism, Media & Communication
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2008 School of English, Media Studies and Art History, Faculty of Arts, University of Queensland
Deposited On: 09 Sep 2009 22:33
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 13:47

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