Participatory journalism paper published in #ISOJ Journal

My paper examining participatory journalism in the context of the approaches of John Dewey and Walter Lippmann has been published.

“The Active Recipient: Participatory Journalism Through the Lens of the Dewey-Lippmann Debate” is included in the second issue of the #ISOJ Journal, the official research journal of the International Symposium on Online Journalism.

The journal is published as an e-book, currently available on Amazon’s Kindle store. Other formats will be added so that the e-book edition can be downloaded for a variety of devices, such as iPhones, iPads, Nook and other e-readers.

A print on demand version is also available in paperback.

To give you a flavour of the paper, here’s the abstract:

Professional news outlets are providing numerous opportunities for the public to contribute. This study draws on the perspectives of Walter Lippmann and John Dewey to examine how journalists view participatory journalism. Based on interviews with journalists from two dozen newspaper websites, as well as a consideration of those sites, we suggest that news professionals view the user as an active recipient of the news. As active recipients, users are framed as idea generators and observers of newsworthy events at the start of the journalistic process, and then in an interpretive role as commentators who reflect upon professionally produced material.

A pre-publication version of the paper is available from the ISOJ 2011 conference site.

The paper draws from research conducted for the book, Participatory Journalism in Online Newspapers: Guarding the Internet’s Open Gates, published in April 2011 by Wiley-Blackwell, by Jane B. Singer, Alfred Hermida, David Domingo, Ari Heinonen, Steve Paulussen, Thorsten Quandt, Zvi Reich and Marina Vujnovic.

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