ARTICLE: Curation as a journalistic gatekeeping practice


New study by Xi Cui, of College of Charleston, and Yu Liu, of Florida International University, explores journalists’ curatorial practices with regard to linked and embedded sources in the online environment. It also looks at their implications for journalistic values and gatekeeping theory.

The researchers compare the practices of three online news outlets: legacy news media (, explanatory news media (, and citizen news media (Huffington Post).

The results suggest that online news media engage extensively in curating other online resources on all three levels, contextualizing, sourcing, and interpreting, in their articles. According to the writers professional journalistic traditions are still prevalent.

The article is published online before print by Journalism and it can be found here.

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