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Palgrave Studies in Science, Knowledge and Policy

Discussing the News

The Uneasy Alliance of Participatory Journalists and the Critical Public

Authors: Smith, Simon

  • Provides a significant contribution to the literature on digital/participatory journalism and knowledge creation
  • Presents an ethnographic account of knowledge-related newsroom routines and journalist/user competences
  • Addresses challenges confronting participatory models of journalism amid doubts about the ‘added value’ of online discussion for both journalism and democracy
  • Suggests a novel way of theorising online discussion moderation as front-line professional knowledge work
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About this book

This book examines two new roles that journalists assume in a participatory media environment – the administration (moderation) of online discussion and the monitoring of and engagement in comments below their articles. The author argues that it is precisely because both roles are treated as peripheral and undignified in newsrooms that they are so revealing, following the maxim: to make sense of what professions are and where they are heading, look at their boundaries and their dirty work. Based on a three-year ethnographic study, it offers key insights about the role of the media as democratic intermediaries in political participation, the creative possibilities for ‘amateurs’ as co-producers of digital news, the changing character of the knowledge professions and the dynamics of organisational innovation. The book argues that as media organisations face a crisis in their ability to represent the public, the challenge is to orchestrate participatory journalism as a collective accomplishment in which everyone is not a journalist but everyone can be a contributor. Bridging the divides between communication studies, linguistics, STS, organisational and occupational sociology it will interest social scientists and media studies experts.



About the authors

Simon Smith is a Researcher at the Institute of Sociological Studies, Faculty of Social Sciences, Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic.

Table of contents (7 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Smith, Simon

    Pages 1-7

  • Participatory Journalism as a Way of Knowing

    Smith, Simon

    Pages 9-25

  • Contextualising the Research Setting

    Smith, Simon

    Pages 27-43

  • Judging the Quality of Online Discussion: The Invisible Work of ‘Admins’

    Smith, Simon

    Pages 45-76

  • The Conversations Between Participatory Journalists and Critical Publics

    Smith, Simon

    Pages 77-104

Buy this book

eBook £29.99
price for United Kingdom (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-52965-3
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover £37.99
price for United Kingdom (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-52964-6
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Discussing the News
Book Subtitle
The Uneasy Alliance of Participatory Journalists and the Critical Public
Authors
Series Title
Palgrave Studies in Science, Knowledge and Policy
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-52965-3
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-52965-3
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-52964-6
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIII, 151
Number of Illustrations and Tables
14 b/w illustrations, 2 illustrations in colour
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