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New Journalism on the Web: A Comparison of Hyper-Local Citizen Sites to Traditional Media Sites

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Traditional media landscapes are in flux for journalists today. Media outlets are facing major losses in advertising revenue and intense competition from online products such as citizen journalist sites. These citizen journalists aren’t always trained in the same conventions and norms as professionals but are now shaping both news and relationships in the journalistic realm. This study compares hyper-local citizen journalism sites with traditional media sites in the same geographic areas to determine how the hyper-local sites differ in terms of thematic content, objectivity and watchdog functions. The author finds that thematically, both traditional and hyper-local citizen sites have similar levels of political coverage. Also, hyper-local sites carry more opinion-oriented news than traditional sites. In addition, hyper-local sites seem to be very interested in carrying out the watchdog function of the press, especially in terms of local government, and commit few incidents of boosterism.

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objectivity, watchdog, citizen journalism
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Viall, Elizabeth. "New Journalism on the Web: A Comparison of Hyper-Local Citizen Sites to Traditional Media Sites" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the International Communication Association, Marriott, Chicago, IL, May 20, 2009 <Not Available>. 2017-09-11 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p298375_index.html>

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Viall, E. , 2009-05-20 "New Journalism on the Web: A Comparison of Hyper-Local Citizen Sites to Traditional Media Sites" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the International Communication Association, Marriott, Chicago, IL Online <PDF>. 2017-09-11 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p298375_index.html

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Abstract: Traditional media landscapes are in flux for journalists today. Media outlets are facing major losses in advertising revenue and intense competition from online products such as citizen journalist sites. These citizen journalists aren’t always trained in the same conventions and norms as professionals but are now shaping both news and relationships in the journalistic realm. This study compares hyper-local citizen journalism sites with traditional media sites in the same geographic areas to determine how the hyper-local sites differ in terms of thematic content, objectivity and watchdog functions. The author finds that thematically, both traditional and hyper-local citizen sites have similar levels of political coverage. Also, hyper-local sites carry more opinion-oriented news than traditional sites. In addition, hyper-local sites seem to be very interested in carrying out the watchdog function of the press, especially in terms of local government, and commit few incidents of boosterism.


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