9780415801836

Public Journalism 2.0: The Promise and Reality of a Citizen Engaged Press

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  • ISBN13:

    9780415801836

  • ISBN10:

    0415801834

  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Nonspecific Binding
  • Copyright: 2009-12-17
  • Publisher: Routledge

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Summary

Where does journalism fit in the media landscape of blogs, tweets, Facebook postings, YouTube videos, and literally billions of Web pages? Public Journalism 2.0 examines the ways that civic journalism is evolving, especially as audience-created content-sometimes referred to as citizen journalism or participatory journalism - becomes increasingly prominent in contemporary media. As the contributors to this edited volume demonstrate, the mere use of digital technologies is not the fundamental challenge of a new citizen-engaged journalism; rather, a deeper understanding of how civic/public journalism can inform new citizen-propelled initiatives is required. Through a mix of original research, essays, and case studies, this collection establishes how public journalism principles and practices offers journalists, scholars, and citizens insights into how digital technology and other contemporary practices can increase civic engagement and improve public life. Each chapter concludes with pedagogical features including:

Author Biography

Jack Rosenberry is Associate Professor and Chair of Communication and Journalism at St. John Fisher College; He is co-author of Applied Mass Communication Theory: A Guide for Media Practitioners. Burton St. John III is Assistant Professor of Communication at Old Dominion University.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments and Special Editor's Notep. x
Introduction: Public Journalism Values in an Age of Media Fragmentationp. 1
The Roots of Civic and Citizen Journalismp. 9
Newspapers and Communities: The Vital Linkp. 13
What Citizen Journalism Can Learn from Public Journalismp. 21
Citizen Journalism in a Historical Framep. 32
The Citizen Journalist as Gatekeeper: A Critical Evolutionp. 45
Open Source Interview: The Evolution of Public Journalismp. 56
Contemporary Civic and Citizen journalismp. 67
News Quality Differences in Online Newspaper and Citizen Journalism Sitesp. 69
The Virginian-Pilot's Co-Pilot Pages: Participatory Journalism and the Dilemma of Private Values as Public Newsp. 84
Citizen Journalism in the Community and the Classroomp. 99
The Changing Face of News in a Major U.S. City: Hyper-Local Websites Try to Fill the Void in Chicagop. 113
Open Source Interview: Online Dialogue, Public Life and Citizen Journalismp. 126
Looking Ahead: Public journalism 2.0p. 133
Routinization of Charisma: The Institutionalization of Public Journalism Onlinep. 135
Common Knowledge, Civic Engagement and Online News Organizationsp. 149
Madison Commons 2.0: A Platform for Tomorrow's Civic and Citizen Journalismp. 162
Open Source Interview: Civic and Citizen Journalism's Distinctionsp. 176
Conclusion: A Place for the Professionalsp. 183
Appendix: Further Readingsp. 188
List of Contributorsp. 190
Indexp. 195
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