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How are citizen journalists telling news? The Swedish case
Linnéuniversitetet.
Karlstad University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (starting 2013), Centre for HumanIT. Karlstad University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (starting 2013), Department of Geography, Media and Communication.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-4286-7764
2013 (Swedish)Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Previous research on citizen journalism has an Anglo-Saxon bias and frequently studies specific cases that focus on conflict, crisis events or war creating a selection bias of existing and, at least modestly, successful examples. In this study, situated in Sweden, we reverse the process and examine how actual communities are served by digital citizen community journalism in an everyday context. The study has a particular focus on how events are portrayed in terms of news topics dimensions, framing, presentation style, geographical focus and the authorship of news items. Preliminary findings indicate that the citizen journalists’ only present one perspective, rarely refers to policy plans or talks to the actors involved and provide individual and episodic news frames. Their focus is mostly on the local level and they have embraced the impersonal and unemotional presentation style from mainstream news. Half of the news items are being written by citizens while representatives from organisations or politicians author a quarter of them.   All in all, citizen journalism in general falls short from both traditional journalistic standards and many scholarly claims of being alternative.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2013.
Keywords [en]
citizen journalism, online media, community journalism, Sweden, content analysis
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Media and Communications
Research subject
Media and Communication Studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-29074OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kau-29074DiVA, id: diva2:648539
Conference
Nordmedia13 Oslo 8-11 August
Available from: 2013-09-16 Created: 2013-09-16 Last updated: 2017-12-06Bibliographically approved

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