News Online: Transformations and Continuities

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News matters. It is still the main forum for discussion of issues of public importance. It is where we come together to inform, persuade, influence, endorse or reject one another in a collaborative process of making meaning from events. But the news is changing - content, distribution channels, geographical constraints, production values, business models, regulatory approaches and cultural habits are all in flux, as new media technologies are adopted and adapted by users. However, despite having driven many of the changes themselves, established media organisations are struggling to adapt to this changed environment.

News Online: Transformations and Continuities is for everyone who wants to understand the news media of the twenty-first century. With contributions from leading international scholars, this book charts a course through recent upheavals and ranges over a broad terrain - from the BBC to experimental videogames, from Latin American newsrooms to Northeast Asian blogs, from the crisis in US newspapers to Twitter users in Iran. Each chapter provides an insightful analysis of how popular digital communications change relations of production and consumption, in addition to their effect on cultural and political participation. News Online considers the shifting boundaries between the popular and the professional made possible by the redistribution of news functions.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780230233454
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 10/26/2010
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Graham Meikle is Senior Lecturer in the Film, Media & Journalism department at the University of Stirling, where he is Programme Director of the MLitt in Media and Culture. He is the author of Interpreting News (2008, Palgrave) and Future Active: Media Activism and the Internet (2002, Routledge).
Guy Redden lectures in cultural studies at the University of Sydney. He is the author of over twenty academic journal articles, book chapters and review articles, including several about Internet activism and blogging.

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Table of Contents

Notes on contributors

Introduction: transformation and continuity 1

1 Journalism, public service and BBC News Online Guy Redden Redden, Guy 20

2 Managing the online news revolution: the UK experience Einar Thorsen Thorsen, Einar 38

3 The crisis of journalism and the Internet Brian McNair McNair, Brian 53

4 When magical realism confronted virtual reality: online news and journalism in Latin America Robert W. McChesney McChesney, Robert W. 69

5 Newsgames: an introduction Andrb1ss Ca iznlez Ca iznlez, Andrb1ss 84

6 The intimate turn of mobile news Bobby Schweizer Schweizer, Bobby 99

7 News to me: Twitter and the personal networking of news Gerard Goggin Goggin, Gerard 115

8 News produsage in a pro-am mediasphere: why citizen journalism matters Kate Crawford Crawford, Kate 132

9 'Comment is free, facts are sacred': journalistic ethics in a changing mediascape Axel Bruns Bruns, Axel 148

10 Journalism without journalists: on the power shift from journalists to employers and audiences Tamara Witschge Witschge, Tamara 164

11 Web 2.0, citizen journalism and social justice in China Leopoldina Fortunati Fortunati, Leopoldina 178

12 Marrying the professional to the amateur: strategies and implications of the OhmyNews model Xin Xin Xin, Xin 195

Conclusion An Nguyen An, Nguyen 210

Index Graham Meikle Meikle, Graham 218

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