AR; Content diversity in online citizen journalism

Non-professional online citizen journalists tend to publish more diverse content than established, traditional media organs – argues Serena Carpenter in her recent article. Although there are several points both in the theoretical background that she constructed and in the methods she used to reach this conclusion which I disagree with, I thought I’d write briefly about this piece here, because I think it illustrates well how tricky it can be to distinguish between “citizen journalism” and “established media” in a substantially meaningful manner.

Some food for thought before the 2-day seminar I’m going to take from tomorrow; and where I’d be surprised if similar questions didn’t pop up.

Carpenter, Serena (2010): “A study of content diversity in online citizen journalism and online newspaper articles,” in: New Media & Society 12(7), 1064-1084.

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