My paper, “From TV to Twitter: How Ambient News Became Ambient Journalism“, has been published in the May 2010 edition of M/C Journal on the theme of ambient.
In the paper, I argue that:
Journalism, which was once difficult and expensive to produce, today surrounds us like the air we breathe. Much of it is, literally, ambient, and being produced by professionals and citizens. The challenge going forward is helping the public negotiate and regulate this flow of awareness information, facilitating the collection, transmission and understanding of news.
In one of the other contributions, Alex Burns examines the concept of ambient journalism to suggest how professional journalists might engage in complex ways with Twitter and other always-on, socially-networked data sources.
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