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IAMCR Paper published

The paper I presented at the IAMCR conference in Dublin in June has been published in the new journal  Digital Journalism. The abstract and link to the full text are below. The “ecology of participation” A study of audience engagement on alternative journalism websites This paper investigates how audience members are using “alternative journalism” websites.… Continue reading IAMCR Paper published

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Entering the fray: When should a journalist join the discussion in comments following a news story?

This seems to be a question that I am often asked. For most journalists, the idea of readers critiquing their work in public beneath their story is more than a little confronting. Then the question of when, if ever, they should respond becomes even more difficult. Yes, the comments beneath online news stories can include… Continue reading Entering the fray: When should a journalist join the discussion in comments following a news story?

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ONA 2011 conference – top takeaways

I am now one week into a three-month research visit to the US (I’m hoping I will have more time to blog now that I am not teaching). The University of Maryland has been kind enough to host me and I will be using my time here to research users of American participatory journalism sites.… Continue reading ONA 2011 conference – top takeaways

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Online journalism is in fact about the traditional roots of journalism

The students have gone so I should have more time to be dedicating to blogging here, but unfortunately there always seems to be something sucking my time. This week it has been working on my blog post for Project TOTO. Project TOTO is a fabulous program run by Action Aid aimed at giving communities in… Continue reading Online journalism is in fact about the traditional roots of journalism

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Could this be the future of investigative journalism?

I love to read about projects like this, an attempt to use the benefits of the online medium as a tool for building a future for journalism, rather than seeing it as the root of all evil. Based in the UK’s West Midlands, Help Me Investigate (HMI) is a trial of a platform for crowdsourcing… Continue reading Could this be the future of investigative journalism?

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Online hyperlocal news – is it possible?

As debate continues today about the fairness of the ABC receiving government funding to ramp up regional online content, I found this interesting development in the UK. A big(ish) newspaper group  is setting up ‘citizen journalism’ sites for small towns without newspapers. Associated Northcliffe Digital claim: In every town, there will already be a person… Continue reading Online hyperlocal news – is it possible?