Journalism and Communication
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.
Newspaper Research Journal
Littau, Jeremy, "Participatory news websites feature more opinion pieces" (2016). Faculty Publications. 8.