Picture: At the launch of ABC Open at Parliament House (4 Feb 2010) by Maxine McKew, license CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

ARTICLE: The ABC Open project has managed to emphasize reciprocity

Previous research has argued that journalists involved in participatory projects have exercised too much control over the publication of user-generated content. Bill Reader of Ohio University, examined the Australian participatory project ABC Open. He did a textual analysis of 297 ‘how-to’ guides and conducted an online survey for the producers. The author found that the … Continued



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ARTICLE: User generated content makes news appear less trustworthy

“It appears that journalism’s trustworthiness will more likely suffer than benefit from an increased use of UGC”, write Katherine M. Grosser and Florian Wintterlin, both of University of Münster, with Valerie Hase, of University of Zurich (names not in original order). The authors conducted an online experiment with 487 Germans, exposing the participants to articles … Continued


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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