Democracy, participation and convergent media : case studies in contemporary online news journalism in Australia

Flew, Terry (2009) Democracy, participation and convergent media : case studies in contemporary online news journalism in Australia. In Record of the Communications Policy & Research Forum 2009, Network Insight Institute , University of Technology, Sydney, pp. 68-87.

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The shift from 20th century mass communications media towards convergent media and Web 2.0 has raised the possibility of a renaissance of the public sphere, based around citizen journalism and participatory media culture. This paper will evaluate such claims both conceptually and empirically. At a conceptual level, it is noted that the question of whether media democratization is occurring depends in part upon how democracy is understood, with some critical differences in understandings of democracy, the public sphere and media citizenship. The empirical work in this paper draws upon various case studies of new developments in Australian media, including online- only newspapers, developments in public service media, and the rise of commercially based online alternative media. It is argued that participatory media culture is being expanded if understood in terms of media pluralism, but that implications for the public sphere depend in part upon how media democratization is defined.

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ID Code: 39362
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
Additional Information: The published version of this paper, as well as the entire conference proceedings, are freely available via the Official URL.
Keywords: media, citizenship, participation, Internet, citizen journalism, public service media
ISBN: 9780980434422
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 > Institutes > Institute for Creative Industries and Innovation
Past > Schools > Journalism, Media & Communication
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2009 Network Insight Pty Ltd
Deposited On: 06 Jan 2011 00:50
Last Modified: 06 Jan 2011 06:21

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