Status of Main Author

Faculty

Department/program

Journalism and Communication

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2-29-2016

Abstract

This study extends understanding of gatekeeping theory by analyzing news decisions in participatory journalism publishing. A content analysis examined top stories (N = 536) in eight cities by comparing professional newspaper story placement to its participatory competitor. While both products were intensely local, participatory stories were softer and more opinionated. Professional stories were rooted in traditional topics such as crime. The results suggest participatory journalism is a complement to local news rather than a replacement.

Publication Title

Newspaper Research Journal

Volume

37

Issue

1

DOI

10.1177/0739532916634645

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