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Random acts of journalism?: How citizen journalists tell the news in Sweden
Linnaeus Univ, S-39182 Kalmar, Sweden..
Karlstad University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (starting 2013), Department of Geography, Media and Communication.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-4286-7764
2015 (English)In: New Media and Society, ISSN 1461-4448, E-ISSN 1461-7315, Vol. 17, no 11, p. 1795-1810Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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In this study, the results from a content analysis of four Swedish online citizen journalism outlets are presented and discussed. The analysis focuses on new digital venues for news-making in theory and the question of the political relevance of citizen journalism in reality. This broad question is operationalized by asking more specifically how citizen journalists tell the news, according to established distinctions between variations in topic dimensions, focus, and presentational style. Our results show that citizen journalists tend to tell soft news. They rarely report on policy issues, local authorities, or people affected by decisions being made by them. Furthermore, the news focuses on individual relevance and is mostly episodic in nature. The style of writing is predominantly impersonal and unemotional. In sum, our results suggest that citizen journalism in Sweden is not yet at a stage where it can be considered a plausible alternative to traditional journalism.

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2015. Vol. 17, no 11, p. 1795-1810
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Citizen journalism, content analysis, democracy, digital media, news, participation, public discourse, user-generated content
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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-40724DOI: 10.1177/1461444814535189ISI: 000365176100003OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kau-40724DiVA, id: diva2:907207
Available from: 2016-02-26 Created: 2016-02-26 Last updated: 2017-12-06Bibliographically approved

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