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News Innovation and the Negotiation of Participation
Unformatted Document Text:  News Innovation and the Negotiation of Participation 2 ABSTRACT Amid disruptive challenges for U.S. journalism, nonprofit foundations have assumed a larger role in underwriting news-related experimentation—perhaps most prominently in the Knight Foundation’s News Challenge grant-funding contest. This paper examines winning proposals from the Knight News Challenge as a way of exploring intersecting concerns about innovation and participation in journalism. A qualitative analysis finds that innovators negotiated issues of professional control and open participation in three ways: (1) embracing the idea of participation as a taken-for-granted assumption; (2) envisioning a symbiotic relationship between professionals and citizen collaborators; and (3) acknowledging that yielding control, in some cases, could result in better journalism. Implications for the future of journalism and its ethics are discussed.

Authors: Lewis, Seth.
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News Innovation and the Negotiation of Participation 2 
Amid disruptive challenges for U.S. journalism, nonprofit foundations have assumed a 
larger role in underwriting news-related experimentation—perhaps most prominently in 
the Knight Foundation’s News Challenge grant-funding contest. This paper examines 
winning proposals from the Knight News Challenge as a way of exploring intersecting 
concerns about innovation and participation in journalism. A qualitative analysis finds 
that innovators negotiated issues of professional control and open participation in three 
ways: (1) embracing the idea of participation as a taken-for-granted assumption; (2) 
envisioning a symbiotic relationship between professionals and citizen collaborators; and 
(3) acknowledging that yielding control, in some cases, could result in better journalism. 
Implications for the future of journalism and its ethics are discussed. 

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