UK Social media, citizen journalism and alternative news in The Future of Quality News Journalism: a cross continental analysis

September 30, 2015
Mark Lochrie

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Authors: Clare Cook, Andy Dickinson, Peter J. Anderson, Michael Williams, George Ogola
Abstract:
Given that British journalist and political commentator Andrew Marr announced that "..so-called citizen journalism is the spewings and rantings of very drunk people late at night..." one would be forgiven for presuming that UK citizens make little contribution to the news agenda. But engagement is on the up, with the usage of social networks and blogs now accounting for almost 23% of time spent on the internet in the UK, a 159% increase over the last three years according to Nielsen. This paper explores the scope and influence of this increased usage in event journalism, as debater and commentator, and in social capital to influence and dictate change




Where: London: Routledge
Publication date: 30/09/2013

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