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News sites that ‘get’ audience participation

One of the many reasons that I have been so slack with updating the blog is the nervous breakdown that is referred to as a PhD. My research is focusing on motivations for users of news sites. In particular, I am interested in different models of audience participation. As part of this research I am looking at case studies of particular sites in Australia and the US. What I thought I would share with you is some of the leading models of participatory journalism sites, I have uncovered so far:


Mumbrella – a niche publication for the media, marketing and advertising sector, but (perhaps due to its blogging roots) has one of the most robust and read comment threads.

New Matilda – Managed to raise $150,000 in donations from audience members to keep the site running.

YouCommNews – based on the US based Spot.Us, this sites endeavours to get quality investigative journalism work funded by the general public.

Any others?

US and International

Huffington Post – A world-leading model in user contributions and comments. – Initially set up as a hub of community blogs and hyperlocal news updates – seems to be changing course now though.

ProPublica – Another philanthropic model where the general public can donate to get stories off the ground.

Young Turks – The world’s most watched online TV current affairs program. Huge level of user engagement.

EveryBlock – Started out as a crime stats online database, now a hub for hyperlocal news updates generated from users.

The Stream -Al Jazeera English program that claims to be ‘a social media community with its own daily television programme’. It sources topic and discussion points from social networking sites to ensure ‘unheard perspectives’ are given an airing.

I’d love to hear of any other sites you think are doing innovative things with audience participation.

4 thoughts on “News sites that ‘get’ audience participation

    1. Hi Myriam,

      Not really. I was more listing sites that do something out of the ordinary – have an exceptional record on some sort of participation

  1. You’re so interesting! I don’t believe I’ve truly read a single thing like that before. So wonderful to find another person with unique thoughts on this topic. Really.. thank you for starting this up. This site is one thing that is required on the internet, someone with a little originality!

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