Have new communications technologies revitalized the public sphere, or become the commercial tool for an increasingly un-public, undemocratic news media? Are changing journalistic practices damaging the nature of news, or are new media allowing journalists to do more journalism and to engage the public more effectively?
With massive changes in the media environment and its technologies, interrogating the nature of news journalism is one of the most urgent tasks we face in defining the public interest today. The implications are serious, not just for the future of the news, but also for the practice of democracy.
In a thorough empirical investigation of journalistic practices in different news contexts, New Media, Old News explores how technological, economic, and social changes have reconfigured news journalism, and the consequences of these transformations for a vibrant democracy in our digital age. The result is a piercing examination of why understanding news journalism matters now more than ever. It is essential reading for students and scholars of journalism and new media.
Chapter Ten: A New News Order? Online News Content Examined
A New News Order? Online News Content Examined
The study on which this book is based has raised several concerns relating to the nature of news production. It has focused primarily on journalism, since news is what those who produce it make it. But we cannot fully investigate the claims for new media and the news without an analysis of news content. In this chapter, we examine some of these claims and further interrogate the issues uncovered in the production study reported on throughout this volume, directly in relation to the nature of online news content. Following on from the themes outlined by Fenton in the Introduction we question arguments that the internet would lead to the production ...