Legitimating new media actors: Unwelcome strangers to the journalistic field

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    Abstract

    In our contemporary societies, our understanding of journalism rests broadly on two visions of the field. The first is based on journalists and how they understand their identities and their roles in societies. The second is based on what societies at large understand journal- ism to be, and what they expect of journalists. Such visions shape expectations of what journalism contributes to our social worlds and also how journalists see themselves as contributing. While historically these visions were crafted around traditional journalists and institutions, they have now been confronted by uniquely capable (and motivated) digital actors offering competing interpretations of both the internal and external visions of journalism. These actors adopt non-traditional approaches to gathering, verifying, and communicating information, and succeed in bringing information to public light. This leaves journalism research facing a challenge: How to make sense of new interpretations of these visions of journalism, and the new actors bringing them about.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationActive Audiences
    Subtitle of host publicationEmpowering Citizens' Discourse in the Hybrid Media System
    EditorsSimón Peña-Fernández, Koldobika Meso-Ayerdi
    PublisherMcGraw-Hill
    Chapter2
    Pages13-24
    Number of pages12
    Edition1
    ISBN (Print)9788448620035
    Publication statusPublished - 8-Apr-2020
    EventVIII Congreso Internacional de Ciberperiodismo y Web 2.0 : VIII International Congress on Cyberjournalism and Web 2.0 - University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU), Bilbao, Spain
    Duration: 7-Nov-20168-Nov-2016

    Conference

    ConferenceVIII Congreso Internacional de Ciberperiodismo y Web 2.0
    CountrySpain
    CityBilbao
    Period07/11/201608/11/2016

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