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Edited participation: A comparative study of editorial influence on three online news media in Sweden
Mid Sweden University.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-2017-1117
Karlstad University.
2010 (English)Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Although participatory journalism often involves the publishing of content created by users, editorial influence is an important aspect of the emerging participatory online mediascape. The choices that editors make shape the conditions under which user generated content is produced, the immediate context of publication and the perceived prominence of the published content. The question is how this influence manifests itself, and how this can be related to the discussion about participatory media’s potential for revitalizing democracy. In this paper, three online news media in Sweden are analysed comparatively: Sourze – one of the first Swedish sites that invited citizens as primary contributors; Newsmill – a social media focusing on news and debate; and DN – the online version of the largest Swedish morning paper Dagens Nyheter. The question is how participation is affected by editorial influence.

The findings suggest that participatory arenas to some extent are constrained by the logic of their context of production. Participation is not the same for everyone, and people from different categories in society participate on different terms. Furthermore, editors influence the agenda by suggesting topics, and by rewarding articles that follow their suggestions. These findings do not challenge assumptions about participatory newspapers as more accessible channels for citizens to publish content, and therefore interesting as possible means of allowing a more democratically involved citizenry, but it challenges assumptions about freedom from constraints related to traditional mass media, such as agenda setting, gate-keeping and media logic.

 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
ECREA , 2010.
Keyword [en]
editorial embedding, editorially attributed salience, participatory journalism, the public sphere, Web 2.0, collective intelligence, social media, Newsmill, Sourze, Dagens Nyheter, digital public discourse, rhetorics of participatory culture
National Category
Media and Communications
Research subject
Media Studies and Journalism, Media and Communication Science
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-41936OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-41936DiVA: diva2:801523
Conference
ECREA 2010, Transcultural Communication – Intercultural Comparisons 3rd European Communication Conference, Hamburg, Germany, 12-15 October 2010
Projects
Digital Public Discourses
Available from: 2010-10-16 Created: 2015-04-09 Last updated: 2016-05-12Bibliographically approved

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