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CFP | 31.1.2018 | How is amateur video affecting journalism?

An upcoming symposium on amateur video and journalism is looking for submission proposals. The event will be held in Edmonton, Canada, on the 25th and 26th of May 2018. The overarching theme of the symposium is: “How user generated video content is changing news gathering around the world?” Further, the event organisers have suggested the … Continued


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ARTICLE: Art as an alternative form of journalism

The artist Owen Maseko’s 2010 exhibition in Bulawayo gallery in Zimbabwe critiqued the country’s 1980s genocide, during which more than 20 000 people were killed. The exhibition was banned immediately and Maseko arrested. No formal acknowledgement of the genocide has been made. A research article by Shepherd Mpofu, of the University of Johannesburg, looks at how … Continued



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ARTICLE: News agencies are conservative on user generated content

International news agencies put little weight on user generated content (UGC) on their online news videos, a team of scholars found. They analysed the videos uploaded to the YouTube accounts of five news organisations, Al Jazeera English, France 24 English, Russia Today, CNN International, and Al Arabiya, over the course of one week in 2013. … Continued


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ARTICLE: How do podcasts connect with their audience?

Marcus Funk, of Sam Hunt State University, US, has analysed 12 American podcasts to find out how news and community values manifest in them. Some of the podcasts in Funk’s sample were produced by traditional journalists while others were produced by “avocational” journalists – hobbyists and citizen journalists of various clout. Podcast hosts often take … Continued


ARTICLE: Mobile phone footage has not lived up to its early potential

Content generated by mobile phones, video and stills images, were expected to have a revolutionary impact on broadcast journalism in the mid-2000s. Dramatic news events such as the Asian Tsunami and London bombings of 2005 showed the potential of mobile. Adrian Hadland, Eddy Borges-Rey and Jackie Cameron, all of University of Stirling. used content analysis to study how … Continued


ARTICLE: Media trust and citizen news production

Alberto Ardèvol-Abreu, of Universidad de La Laguna, Catherine M. Hooker, University of Vienna, and  Homero Gil de Zúñiga, of University of Vienna and Universidad Diego Portales. study the relationship between media trust and citizen news production and examine whether media trust moderates the effects of news production on participation. The research is based on two-wave … Continued


ARTICLE: More transparency is needed in moderation

The article by Anders Sundnes Løvlie, of IT University of Copenhagen, Karoline Andrea Ihlebæk, of University of Oslo and Anders Olof Larsson, of Westerdals Oslo School of Arts, studies users’ attitudes towards editorial control in online newspaper comment fields after the 2011 terror attacks in Norway. The data is from a survey of participants in … Continued


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ARTICLE: Participation not important to audience

What do citizens think of citizen journalism? Michael Karlsson and Christer Clerwall of Karlstad University and Lars Nord of Mid Sweden University used a survey and focus group interviews to explore and measure citizens’ views on user contributions in different parts of the journalistic process in Sweden. According to the results, the respondents do not … Continued


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ARTICLE: News editors hold simplistic views of citizen journalism

Most US news editors define citizen journalism only through a single qualifying factor, write Deborah S. Chung and Seungahn Nah, both of University of Kentucky, with Masahiro Yamamoto, of State University of New York. The authors surveyed 142 American “top editors” -executive editors, editors-in-chief, and the like- who were all asked to define “citizen journalism”. … Continued