Conceptualizing citizen journalism: US news editors’ views

Deborah S. Chung, Seungahn Nah, Masahiro Yamamoto

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Based on a national survey and a qualitative content analysis of US daily news editors’ understanding of citizen journalism, we identify key ideas associated with the concept of Citizen Journalism Complexity. Patterns related to those dimensions that may impact editors’ conceptions of the phenomenon at the individual and organizational levels are examined. A total of 10 core ideas emerged in the aggregate discussion, but a majority of the participants defined the concept simplistically focusing on one- or two-dimensional definitions. Arguments from journalistic professionalism (occupational roles), audience engagement/collaboration (normative values), and behavioral practices are represented. This article discusses the extent to which citizen journalism is defined and guided by demographic variables, individual journalistic experience, and organizational characteristics.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1694-1712
Number of pages19
Issue number12
StatePublished - Dec 1 2018

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  • Citizen journalism
  • US daily newspaper editors
  • citizen journalism complexity (CJC)
  • mixed methods
  • user-generated content (UGC)

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Communication
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)


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