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 Eight: New Online News Sources and Writer-Gatherers
New Online News Sources and Writer-Gatherers
This chapter is about those outside mainstream UK media institutions who, through the networking and information-gathering resources of the web, seek to be new news sources. What are their values? Do they intersect with journalistic values, and so extend journalistic practice? Is this extension stable, or liable to be undermined? This chapter's topic is wider than ‘online journalism’ (Deuze, 2003) since not all those followed defined themselves as journalists. Nor is its topic the huge recent expansion of opinion-giving online (‘blogging’) as such. Opinions, after all, are hardly a new element in journalism, and online opinion may generate hierarchies as sharp, if not quite as rigid, as those around conventional op-ed pages (Park, 2004); ...