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Citizen journalism on the Swedish horizon
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Department of Media and Journalism.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-2017-1117
2016 (English)In: Presented at 2016 IAMCR Conference "Memory, Commemoration and Communication: Looking Back, Looking Forward" Leicester, UK, 27-31 July 2016, 2016Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Citizen journalism must be understood in relation to the context in which it occurs. In some parts of the world there might be a more directly felt need for a form of journalism, produced by non-journalists, than in other parts – much depending on the quality, freedom and general trustworthiness of traditional journalism. In Sweden, citizen journalism online has not yet risen to prominence – at least not to the extent that many hoped from a country with a high level of internet access and general good level of computer skills. This might be interpreted as a sign that Swedish traditional media so far has managed to provide journalism in a  (comparably) satisfactory manner, whereas the rise of citizen journalism in other parts might be related to greater needs for alternative sources of information. What is becoming a new factor though is a plethora of alternative media channels with a distinctly right wing, populist or even more radical right wing signature. Many of these alternative media place themselves, as the blog Motpol’s motto read: “to the right of the corridor of opinion”. Swedish mainstream media has been accused of promoting an extremely narrow “corridor of opinion”, and of deliberately covering up facts that do not fit a “politically correct” agenda. In response, alternative platforms for news and views have boomed in Sweden and also reach significant audiences. Many of these also describe themselves as citizen journalists. This development needs scholarly attention and it challenges established notions about how citizen journalism has been construed by scholars in the past – and what might come in the future. In the paper I present results from studies about citizen journalism in general in Sweden and also from an ongoing study about immigration critical and right-wing alternative media in Sweden (both interviews and content analysis). These results are then discussed in relation to existing definitions of citizen journalism.

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2016.
Keyword [en]
citizen journalism, sweden, alternative media
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Media Studies
Research subject
Media Studies and Journalism
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-57368OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-57368DiVA: diva2:1034574
Conference
2016 IAMCR Conference "Memory, Commemoration and Communication: Looking Back, Looking Forward" Leicester, UK, 27-31 July 2016
Available from: 2016-10-12 Created: 2016-10-12 Last updated: 2016-10-19Bibliographically approved

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