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Edited Participation: Comparing Editorial Influence On Traditional and Participatory Online Newspapers In Sweden
Mittuniversitetet.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-2017-1117
Karlstad University, Faculty of Economic Sciences, Communication and IT, Department of Media and Communication Studies.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-4286-7764
2011 (English)In: Javnost - The Public, ISSN 1318-3222, Vol. 18, no 2, 19-35 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Although participatory journalism involves publishing content created by users, editorial influence is an impor- tant aspect of participatory online media. Editors shape the conditions under which user generated content is produced, the context of publication and the perceived prominence of the content. It is still unclear how this influence manifests itself, and how it can be related to the discussion about participatory media’s potential for revi- talising democracy. In this paper, three online news media in Sweden are analysed comparatively: Sourze – the first Swedish participatory newspaper; Newsmill – a social me- dia focusing on news and debate; and DN – the online ver- sion of the largest Swedish morning paper Dagens Nyheter. The question is how participation is affected by editorial influence. The findings suggest that participatory arenas are constrained by the logic of their context of production. People from different categories in society participate on different terms. Furthermore, editors influence the agenda by suggesting topics, and by rewarding articles that fol- low their suggestions. These findings do not challenge assumptions about participatory newspapers as more accessible channels for citizens and therefore interesting as possible means of allowing a more democratically involved citizenry, but it challenges assumptions about freedom from constraints related to traditional mass media, such as agenda setting, gate-keeping and media logic.

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2011. Vol. 18, no 2, 19-35 p.
Keyword [en]
interactivity, participation, journalism, alternative media
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Media and Communications
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Media and Communication Studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-8892ISI: 000292484500002OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kau-8892DiVA: diva2:462933
Available from: 2011-12-08 Created: 2011-12-08 Last updated: 2017-10-31Bibliographically approved

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