From News Blogs to News on Twitter: Gatewatching and Collaborative News Curation

Bruns, Axel & Highfield, Tim (2015) From News Blogs to News on Twitter: Gatewatching and Collaborative News Curation. In Coleman, Stephen & Freelon, Deen (Eds.) Handbook of Digital Politics. Edward Elgar Publishing Limited, Cheltenham, United Kingdom, pp. 325-339.

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Abstract

This chapter, explores the role of the second tier of independent news blogs as it developed in the years following the Seattle WTO protests in 1999, and outlines the practice of gatewatching as a key element of news bloggers’ activities. We critique perceptions of the news blogosphere as an echo chamber or filter bubble whose discussions about current events are detached from journalistic coverage, and demonstrate instead the close interconnections between independent news bloggers and professional journalists in the wider media ecology. Finally, we sketch the gradual transition and broadening of gatewatching practices in the news blogosphere towards the collaborative curation of news sharing in contemporary social media spaces, and outline the further research questions which emerge from such transformations of the flows of news and discussion.

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ID Code: 84995
Item Type: Book Chapter
Keywords: blogging, journalism, social media, curation, gatewatching
DOI: 10.4337/9781782548768.00029
ISBN: 9781782548751
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LANGUAGES COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE (200000) > COMMUNICATION AND MEDIA STUDIES (200100) > Communication Studies (200101)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LANGUAGES COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE (200000) > COMMUNICATION AND MEDIA STUDIES (200100) > Communication Technology and Digital Media Studies (200102)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LANGUAGES COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE (200000) > COMMUNICATION AND MEDIA STUDIES (200100) > Media Studies (200104)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Digital Media Research Centre
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Current > Schools > School of Media, Entertainment & Creative Arts
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Copyright Owner: Copyright Stephen Coleman and Deen Freelon 2015
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Deposited On: 25 Jun 2015 22:53
Last Modified: 16 May 2016 07:30

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