The source, the resource and the collaborator: the role of citizen journalism in local UK newspapers.

CANTER, Lily (2013). The source, the resource and the collaborator: the role of citizen journalism in local UK newspapers. Journalism theory practice and criticism, 14 (8), 1091-1109.

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Abstract

The rise of citizen journalism and widespread use of multimedia technology via Web 2.0 is a growing field of research. Yet the impact on local newspapers in the UK has received limited attention from scholars. At the time of this study Northcliffe Media’s flagship newspaper the Leicester Mercury was piloting a project with community reporter network Citizens’ Eye to incorporate reader content into the newspaper and its website. This paper explores the nature of this experimental relationship and the economic motivations behind it. It identifies that citizen journalists have a variety of fluid roles which flow between source, resource and collaborator. However the key to the success of the project is the creation of distinctive boundaries between low level reporting carried out by community reporters and investigative journalism carried out by employed, trained staff. The research was conducted via a case study incorporating interviews and observation.

Item Type: Article
Research Institute, Centre or Group: Cultural Communication and Computing Research Institute > Communication and Computing Research Centre
Identification Number: 10.1177/1464884912474203
Depositing User: Lily Canter
Date Deposited: 04 Jun 2013 14:37
Last Modified: 04 Mar 2015 11:35
URI: http://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/7042

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