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Debattforum - nätjournalistikens verktyg för demokratisk dialog: En studie av debattforum på två lokaltidningars nätupplaga
University of Kalmar, School of Communication and Design.
University of Kalmar, School of Communication and Design.
2008 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

This study intends to examine the characters of online forums available on the web editions of local newspapers in Sweden. It examines the opportunities for these online forums to serve as arenas for public debate supporting the strive towards a democracy characterized by active citizen participation with deliberative qualities.

Research shows an increase in numbers of Internet users globally and in Sweden. It also shows that more and more people read their news on the online editions of the daily news papers. One of the functions the Swedish government expects the media to have in society is to serve as a forum for debate. How online forums of daily news papers web eitions can help the media to fulfill this expectation is one of the main issues studied.

The study focuses on observations of quantitative data concerning the activity in these forums. The amount of articles the web editor made possible to comment was counted as well as the user contributions to the discussion in the forum.

The characteristics of the debate were examined in a qualitative manner with the intention to find out more about the nature of the conversation. The observations were complemented with interviews with 6 people working with the web edition of the three daily news papers we studied. The interviews gave a better understanding of how the different online editions were organized and the issues they are facing.

The result of the study show that the forum function was well used and that the local news was the most important for readers to discuss. The web editions examined had all different ways of handling moderation as well as reasoning around which articles to choose for debate. One paper made all articles available for public debate, another only a selection. The dialogue was held according to the rules written on the edition of how to debate. The forum showed clear signs of conversation, such as comments from participants addressing other participants. The comments were written in a serious form but not entirely impartial which would be correct in a deliberative perspective. There were also a lot of unique signatures among the forum participants which indicates a broad debate.

In summary, the online forums moderated by the newspapers are well suitable as tools to stimulate a more active citizen participation in the democratization process. However, to ensure more active citizens, more resources, competence and finances are needed to enable the editorial staff to develop and implement the functions for user interaction and participation. There is no doubt there are already a vast number of citizens in society ready to use them.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2008.
Keywords [en]
online journalism, online forums, interactivity, deliberative democracy, web edition, debate, democracy
Keywords [sv]
Journalistik, nätjournalistik, debattforum, demokrati, dialog, aktiva medborgare, deltagardemokrati, forum, interaktivitet
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Media and Communications
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hik:diva-685OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hik-685DiVA, id: diva2:24331
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Available from: 2009-01-20 Created: 2009-01-20 Last updated: 2010-03-10Bibliographically approved

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