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Who makes the news in a digital age? Participatory Journalism offers fascinating insights into how journalists in Western democracies are thinking about, and dealing with, the inclusion of content produced and published by the public.
  • A timely look at digital news, the changes it is bringing for journalists and an industry in crisis
  • Original data throughout, in the form of in-depth interviews with dozens of journalists at leading news organizations in ten Western democracies
  • Provides a unique model of the news-making process and its openness to user participation in five stages
  • Gives a first-hand look at the workings and challenges of online journalism on a global scale, through data that has been seamlessly combined so that each chapter presents the views of journalists in many nations, highlighting both similarities and differences, both national and individual
Notes on Authors.


Authors' Note.

Chapter 1: Introduction: Sharing the Road.

Part I: The Impact of Participatory Journalism.

Chapter 2: Mechanisms of Participation: How audience options shape the conversation (Alfred Hermida).

Chapter 3: The Journalist’s Relationship with Users: New dimensions to conventional roles (Ari Heinonen).

Part II: Managing Change.

Chapter 4: Inside the Newsroom: Journalists' motivations and organizational structures (Steve Paulussen).

Chapter 5: Managing Audience Participation: Practices, workfl ows and strategies (David Domingo).

Chapter 6: User Comments: The transformation of participatory space (Zvi Reich).

Part III: Issues and Implications.

Chapter 7: Taking Responsibility: Legal and ethical issues in participatory journalism (Jane B. Singer).

Chapter 8: Participatory Journalism in the Marketplace: Economic motivations behind the practices (Marina Vujnovic).

Chapter 9: Understanding a New Phenomenon: The signifi cance of participatory journalism (Thorsten Quandt).

Chapter 10: Fluid Spaces, Fluid Journalism: The role of the "active recipient" in participatory journalism (Alfred Hermida).

Appendix: About Our Study.




"The authors do an excellent job situating their study and the concept of participation within the broader body of research and theory on journalism, but also offer useful insights into the practical realities of how journalists are addressing an increasingly active audience in the newsroom today." (Journalism, 23 February 2012)

"Like its authors, half of whom are both journalists and scholars, the book is also a hybrid - on the one hand, it serves as a robust piece of empirical research and, on the other, it is an excellent textbook for journalism students. This is evidently a deliberate device by the authors who wish to make a contribution to knowledge without alienating potential readers. The book is written in clear, familiar English resembling more of a journalistic style than an academic one, and each chapter ends with questions inviting the reader (or lecturer) to discuss and probe issues. There is also an effective glossary which explains terms which may be unfamiliar to those starting out in the field."

Intended primarily as a textbook - each chapter concludes with discussion questions - the volume provides an excellent starting point for examining the implications of new ways of collecting and disseminating what we call news." (Choice, 1 October 2011)