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The public doesn't miss the public: Views from the people: Why news by the people?
Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Science, Technology and Media, Department of Media and Communication Science. (DEMICOM)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-2734-5821
2018 (English)In: Journalism - Theory, Practice & Criticism, ISSN 1464-8849, E-ISSN 1741-3001, Vol. 19, no 5, p. 577-594Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

One of the main debates within journalism research during the last decade has been the role of citizens as contributors or, conversely, as threats to the practice of journalism. While participation has been explored from many different theoretical, empirical, and methodological perspectives, one perspective remains noticeably underexplored – the perspective of the citizens themselves. Using social contract theory as a backdrop, this study draws on a representative survey (N = 2091) and focus groups (N = 82) in Sweden. The results show that although citizens do not bring up participation as an important element of journalism, they become more skeptical the more participation affects journalism. Furthermore, they expect journalists to moderate citizen contributions according to established journalistic standards. From the perspective of social contract theory, participation in journalism appears to be more of a problem than a benefit to citizens.

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2018. Vol. 19, no 5, p. 577-594
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Gatekeeping, online journalism, participatory journalism, social contract theory, user-generated content
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Social Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-30410DOI: 10.1177/1464884917694399Local ID: DEMICOMOAI: oai:DiVA.org:miun-30410DiVA, id: diva2:1078859
Available from: 2017-03-06 Created: 2017-03-06 Last updated: 2018-05-21Bibliographically approved

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