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The Active Recipient

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Journalists have tended to adopt a Deweyan approach towards participatory tools and mechanisms, within carefully delineated rules. Journalists conceive of the audience as active recipients, expecting …

Journalists have tended to adopt a Deweyan approach towards participatory tools and mechanisms, within carefully delineated rules. Journalists conceive of the audience as active recipients, expecting them to do more than read the news.

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    • 1. The Active Recipient:Participatory Journalism Through the Lens of theDewey-Lippmann DebateAlfred Hermida, David Domingo, Ari A. Heinonen, Steve Paulussen,Thorsten Quandt, Zvi Reich, Jane B. Singer, Marina VujnovicInternational Symposium on Online Journalism, April 2011
    • 2. Methodology Semi-structured interviews with more than 60 news professionals in 2007/2008 Two dozen leading national newspapers 10 countries: Belgium, Canada, Croatia, Finland, France, Germany, Israel, Spain, the United Kingdom, and the United States
    • 3. Stages of news production
    • 4. Access/observation Citizen media: Photographs, video and other media submitted by users, usually vetted by journalists.
    • 5. Access/observation quotes “Whats interesting for journalists is to have contributions that really relate to news, of the witness type.” “During breaking news, inviting your readers to chime in and add their observations is useful.” “We publish everything that we believe is newsworthy.”
    • 6. Selection/filtering None
    • 7. Processing/editing Citizen stories: Written submissions from readers on topical issues, including suggestions for news stories, selected and edited by journalists for publication on the website. Citizen blogs: Blogs created by users hosted on the news organization’s website.
    • 8. Processing/editing quotes “All user-generated news needs to be double-checked.” “Meet like-minded people to talk about things that they were interested in.” “It is out of the question for us to broadly install a user blog and to offer all users the option to inscribe their name for eternity.”
    • 9. Distribution Content hierarchy: News stories ranked according to audience ratings, often based on the most read or emailed content. Social networking: Distribution of links to stories through social media platforms such as Twitter and Facebook.
    • 10. Distribution quotes “It is still important to provide a package of news chosen by the professional newsroom.” “You dont expect people to come to your content; you want to send it out to people.” “It’s not a social networking site.”
    • 11. Interpretation Collective interviews: Chats with questions submitted by readers, moderated by a news professional. Comments: Views on a story. Forums: Discussions led by journalists or initiated by readers. Journalist blogs: Lets readers comment on entries. Polls: Topical, multiple choice qxs.
    • 12. Interpretation quotes “Not terribly well-thought through or just vitriolic.” “Make lots of voices, including ones we don’t agree with, heard.” ‘An expression of democracy, and in my view is bringing forward society.”
    • 13. Conclusion The ‘Active Recipient’ Idea generators / observers of news Interpretive role as commentators
    • 14. Thank you UK publication: April 2011 US publication: May 2011 Wiley-Blackwellwww.participatoryjournalism.or g