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Is Anyone out There?: Assessing Swedish citizen-generated community journalism
Karlstad University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (starting 2013), Department of Geography, Media and Communication. (NODE)ORCID iD: 0000-0003-4286-7764
2014 (English)In: Journalism Practice, ISSN 1751-2786, E-ISSN 1751-2794, Vol. 8, no 2, 164-180 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In this study, situated in Sweden, citizen community journalism in 290 municipalities is evaluated. The results reveal that there are very few cases of citizen journalism at a community level, and that the existing citizen journalists focus on business news, entertainment and sports. When sources are used, they are few and originate from social institutions such as business, media, authorities and politics rather than citizens. Furthermore, there are only a few occasions when local authorities are included at all, even less so scrutinised, in the news stories. All in all, the study indicates that Swedish citizen community journalism has trouble either providing information that maintains the community or being the watchdog of that community.

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2014. Vol. 8, no 2, 164-180 p.
Keyword [en]
citizen journalism, community journalism, content analysis, online media, Sweden
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Media and Communications
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Media and Communication Studies
URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-35043DOI: 10.1080/17512786.2013.859830OAI: diva2:784214
Available from: 2015-01-28 Created: 2015-01-28 Last updated: 2015-09-09Bibliographically approved

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