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Who makes the scoop in a electronic age? Participatory Journalism bargains attention-grabbing insights into how reporters in Western democracies are wondering, and working with, the inclusion of content material produced and released by way of the general public. A well timed examine electronic information, the adjustments it truly is bringing for reporters and an in quandary unique info all through, within the type of in-depth interviews with dozens of reporters at prime information enterprises in ten Western democracies presents a special version of the news-making method and its openness to consumer participation in 5 phases provides a first-hand examine the workings and demanding situations of on-line journalism on an international scale, via info that has been seamlessly mixed in order that each one bankruptcy offers the perspectives of reporters in lots of countries, highlighting either similarities and changes, either nationwide and person

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But again, there appeared to be a reticence about handing over too much decision-making about content hierarchy – that is, the prominence with which an item is displayed, an indication of its perceived value or importance. Making such judgments is another role journalists seemed to feel they could and should exercise themselves. “You have to give your users the opportunity to personalize content to their own preferences and needs,” said an online editor at Het Nieuwsblad (Belgium). us or digg. com, a capability that has continued to expand in recent years.

While the main discussion took place in its own space, the opening comment would appear below the story. Journalists took an even more active role at De Standaard (Belgium), not just initiating the debate but also pre-moderating user submissions before they were published. Most often, though, newsrooms ceded a significant level of independence to audience-led forums. An editor at Focus (Germany) explained that the newspaper did not apply the same strict criteria to forums that it did to comments, such as demanding a clear focus and proper spelling.

Journalists are pressured by a heavy workload that demands, among other things, continual updates across multiple media platforms. Under these circumstances, user contributions become increasingly valuable if not vital for newsrooms, particularly in the initial stages of the journalistic work process that we described in Chapter 2. One of the ways in which users act as newsroom scouts, our interviewees said, is by serving as idea generators. “Our journalists say they increasingly get tips from readers, especially for local news,” said an editor at Het Nieuwsblad (Belgium).

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