Internet-mediated information: strengths and risks of citizen journalism

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Andrea Calderaro CMPF/European University Institute @andreacalderaro

Ben Wagner
European University Institute
@benwagne_r

CMPF Summer School 2013 for Journalists and Media Practitioners
http://cmpf.eui.eu/training/summer-school-2013.aspx

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  • 1. Summer School for Journalists & M edia Practitioners 2013 Andrea Calderaro CMPF/European University Institute @andreacalderaro Ben Wagner European University Institute @benwagne_r Internet-mediated information: strengths and risks of citizen journalism
  • 2. Outline  Framing Citizen Journalism  Opportunities (?)  Threats of online communications
  • 3. Citizen Journalism ? Citizen Journalism (2004) “When the people formerly known as the audience employ the press tools they have in their possession to inform one another” (Jay Rosen, 2012) Citizen Media (2001) Media allowing citizens to speak with their own voice (Clemencia Rodriguez, 2001) Media Activism (1999) Being Active in Spreading grassroots information+
  • 4. Internet-Mediated Communication  The networked infrastructure of the Internet offers the opportunity to change traditional models of communication making easier for people to be active speakers and to shape new multidirectional information flows (Lee et al. 2005)  In politics, people become spreaders of information and producers of contents easier than in the past (Benkler, 2006)  The proliferation of participatory media creates a self- organizing mesh of public communications (Etling & Kelly 2008)
  • 5. Spreading of information over Geography and T
  • 6. ..for Crisis Management
  • 7. Agenda Setting Agenda Setting is the ability to address the attention of people by clustering the focus of the media landscape around specific topics (Cohen 1963) Tree steps internet-mediated agenda building (Kim & Lee, 2006): 1) Internet-mediated agenda-rippling: citizens spreads an opinion or information online 2) Agenda diffusion in the Internet: online news or web-sites report the important agenda in the Internet that in turn leads to spreading the agenda to more online publics 3) Internet-mediated reversed agenda-setting: traditional media report online agenda to the public so that the agenda spread to both offline and online publics.
  • 8. “If journalists read blogs, then the agenda setting is possible” (Davis 2009: 13) Professional journalism Vs Citizen Journalism
  • 9. Controlling the content of online journalism? http://prezi.com/xpxektw7tr4b/controlling-the-content-of-online-journalism/