Experimenting with the future of journalism : social capital as a desideratum for networked journalism research

Fox, Steve (2013) Experimenting with the future of journalism : social capital as a desideratum for networked journalism research. Ejournalist, 13(1), pp. 1-19.

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The aim of this article is to position social capital as a theoretical framework for investigating online communities, specifically pro-am operations. It will review pertinent literature on social capital and the future of journalism in this context, and detail how the broader field of Sociology and this dynamic field of Journalism converge to produce a unique opportunity for pro-am research. Currently, much concern has been expressed regarding the future of journalism institutions in society, and while journalism itself is seen as a cornerstone of democracy, the form of structures that facilitate such practice has been questioned. Compounding this problem is a lack of research that produces data suitable for meta-analysis. For example, case-study data of start-up operations in this volatile field do not provide sufficient grounds for conclusions that could result in evidence-based policy. In response to these dynamics, this article will propose experimentation as a method of research for pro-am start-ups.

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ID Code: 69545
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: social capital, networked journalism, pro-am, online communities, journalism, new media
ISSN: 1444-741X
Subjects: 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
Current > Schools > School of Media, Entertainment & Creative Arts
Deposited On: 31 Mar 2014 01:49
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2014 22:57

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