Digital technologies have enabled the rise of digitally native news media startups. Many of these startups are hyperlocal media, and are often launched by former journalists or concerned residents to provide news to their neighborhoods.
The newly published article by Monica Chadha explores these individuals’ work-role transition and professional identity negotiation. The respondents see themselves as part of the community and this connection influenced their news content and writing style to a certain extent. They write their stories in a personalized voice that their community members could relate to, and being on the side of the people they reported for.
The study has been published as an online first article of the Journalism Practice. Read the article here (abstract public)
Picture public notice board by chinnian CC BY-SA 4.0