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User Generated Content and the 2008 Presidential Election: A Content Analysis of Citizens' Stories on CNN's iReport

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The 2008 presidential election saw a shift from people as passive consumers of media to active content creators. People went online to post stories using text, pictures, video, and audio. One site that supports user created content is CNN’s iReport.com. A content analysis was performed on 278 stories written about the 2008 presidential election and posted by citizens to iReport.com. Stories were analyzed for content, comments, user ratings, and type of media used (audio, video, pictures, text). Results show that a majority of the stories posted were pro-Obama, and users utilized text and pictures to tell these stories. Comments were made on more than 90% of the stories and often provided a place for discussion. A star system allowed users to rate stories. The pro-Obama, anti-McCain and anti-Palin stories received high user ratings, while anti-Obama stories received low ratings. This is the first study to look specifically at posts to iReport.com and the 2008 presidential election, and it also adds to the small, but growing body of literature on user created content and citizen journalism as it relates to politics.

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Johnson, Kirsten. "User Generated Content and the 2008 Presidential Election: A Content Analysis of Citizens' Stories on CNN's iReport" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, Sheraton Boston, Boston, MA, Aug 05, 2009 <Not Available>. 2014-11-29 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p375172_index.html>

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Johnson, K. , 2009-08-05 "User Generated Content and the 2008 Presidential Election: A Content Analysis of Citizens' Stories on CNN's iReport" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, Sheraton Boston, Boston, MA Online <PDF>. 2014-11-29 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p375172_index.html

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Abstract: The 2008 presidential election saw a shift from people as passive consumers of media to active content creators. People went online to post stories using text, pictures, video, and audio. One site that supports user created content is CNN’s iReport.com. A content analysis was performed on 278 stories written about the 2008 presidential election and posted by citizens to iReport.com. Stories were analyzed for content, comments, user ratings, and type of media used (audio, video, pictures, text). Results show that a majority of the stories posted were pro-Obama, and users utilized text and pictures to tell these stories. Comments were made on more than 90% of the stories and often provided a place for discussion. A star system allowed users to rate stories. The pro-Obama, anti-McCain and anti-Palin stories received high user ratings, while anti-Obama stories received low ratings. This is the first study to look specifically at posts to iReport.com and the 2008 presidential election, and it also adds to the small, but growing body of literature on user created content and citizen journalism as it relates to politics.


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