Online or conventional democracy? The Ashgrove election and networked journalism

Fox, Steve & Duffield, Lee (2013) Online or conventional democracy? The Ashgrove election and networked journalism. Pacific Journalism Review, 19(2), pp. 176-195.

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Abstract

This study focuses on new media use in democratic discourse, specifically in the Queensland state electoral division of Ashgrove, 2011. This site was chosen to make an enquiry into the place of mass media in public decision- making, asking the question: did online media provide an extension of democracy, and what would be journalism’s role in democratic discourse? The study utilises a survey of 280 constituents, a review of pertinent news coverage, and extensive interviews with a panel of informants. In the outcome, it found those most equipped to utilise online media showed a lack of will to get involved in deeper political, social engagements. It also sees younger demographics forming news habits, not usually in step with traditional political avenues, based on familiarity with online processes, while consciously marginalising the need for trustworthiness in this set- ting. These issues are considered together with one leading proposal as to where the future of new media might be heading. It assesses the notion of professional and amateur collaboration by employing the model articulated by Beckett, called ‘networked journalism’.

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ID Code: 64519
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: networked journalism, new media, digital journalism, public sphere, Ashgrove
ISSN: 1023-9499
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING (190000)
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 2013 Auckland University of Technology
Deposited On: 14 Nov 2013 22:47
Last Modified: 20 Nov 2013 17:22

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