A study of US online community journalists and their organizational characteristics and story generation routines

Serena Carpenter, Seungahn Nah, Deborah Chung

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Abstract

Scientific knowledge in the area of journalism has been predominantly a reflection of research on journalists from elite publications rather than journalists from smaller publications. This research seeks to create a foundation for future research through a web survey of online community journalists in the USA. This study measured the extent to which their perceptions and publications reflect organizational traits such as a reliance on routine sources, income derived from publication and employment of news staff. This descriptive research also found that most online community journalists had a degree, but not a degree in journalism and communication. Suggestions are put forth to further theory and research on community journalists.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)505-520
Number of pages16
JournalJournalism
Volume16
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - May 11 2015

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Keywords

  • Community journalism
  • alternative journalism
  • citizen journalism
  • education
  • routines

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Communication
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)

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