Resistance and persuasion through participatory journalism business models

Adams, Debra A. (2016) Resistance and persuasion through participatory journalism business models. Australian Journalism Review, 38(1), pp. 101-114. (In Press)

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Abstract

The pervasive use of the World Wide Web by the general population has created a cultural shift throughout the world. It has enabled more people to share more information about more events and issues than was possible before its general use.

As a consequence, it has transformed traditional news media’s approach to almost every aspect of journalism, with many organisations restructuring their philosophy and practice to include a variety of participatory spaces/forums where people are free to engage in deliberative dialogue about matters of public importance.

This paper draws from an international collective case study that showcases various approaches to participatory online news journalism during the period 1997–2011 (Adams, 2013). The research finds differences in the ways in which public service, commercial, and independent news media give voice to the public, and ultimately in their approach to journalism’s role as the Fourth Estate––one of the key institutions of democracy. The work is framed by the notion that journalism in democratic societies has a crucial role in ensuring citizens are informed and engaged with public affairs.

An examination of four media models, OhmyNews International, News Corp Australia (formerly News Limited), the Guardian and the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), showcases the various approaches to participatory online news journalism and how each provides different avenues for citizen engagement. Semistructured in-depth interviews with some of the key senior journalists and editors provide specific information on comparisons between the distinctive practices in each of their employer organisations.

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ID Code: 90598
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: journalism, participation, business models, Fourth Estate, BBC, News Corp Australia, OhmyNews, Guardian, interviews, news blogs, deliberation, persuasion, case study
ISSN: 0810-2686
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Current > Schools > Journalism, Media & Communication
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2016 Journalism Education & Research Association of Australia
Deposited On: 29 Nov 2015 23:19
Last Modified: 18 Oct 2016 04:25

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