From Conversational Media to Participatory Journalism

Last week we discussed conversational media. This week we will extend that discussion with reference to some of the ideas in the We Media report, the first few chapters of which you read for today.

Today we will address the concept of participatory journalism (sometimes also referred to as citizen journalism), defined in We Media as follows:

“The act of a citizen, or group of citizens, playing an active role in the process of collecting, reporting, analyzing and disseminating news and information. The intent of this participation is to provide independent, reliable, accurate, wide-ranging and relevant information that a democracy requires.”

We will consider:

  • What is participatory journalism? How is it different from (or similar to) other kinds of journalism?
  • What characteristics of NITs or communicative media might tend to promote participatory journalism (or not promote it)?
  • Are NITs necessary for participatory journalism?

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