Participatory Journalism book ‘a critical read’

Participatory Journalism: Guarding Open Gates at Online Newspapers is “a critical read for scholars and journalism practitioners alike” says a review of the book published in Journalism.

In her review, Carrie Brown of the University of Memphis writes that the book “provides a comprehensive, detailed guide” to the nature of participatory journalism. She continues:

The authors do an excellent job situating their study and the concept of participation within the broader body of research and theory on journalism, but also offer useful insights into the practical realities of how journalists are addressing an increasingly active audience in the newsroom today.

Brown notes that “the book has a global perspective often lacking in newsroom research, although the similarities in attitudes and approaches to participation among journalists from diverse nations were more striking than the differences.”

The review says the book offers good advice on best practices for enhancing the quality of participation. But Brown also points out that more research is needed in the perceived difficulty of getting the audience to actively contribute to the news.

The review is published in Journalism 13(3) 388–394, April 2012.

(Cross-post from ParticipatoryJournalism.org)

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