Modeling the adoption and use of citizen journalism by online newspapers

Seungahn Nah, Masahiro Yamamoto, Deborah S. Chung, Robert Zuercher

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This study examines the extent to which professional journalism adopts and uses citizen journalism, such as user-generated content (UGC) and user-submitted stories (USS), at the individual, organizational, and community levels. In doing so, the study adopts a web-based survey of top U.S. news editors (n = 142) coupled with U.S. Census Data. The study reveals that experience as online journalists and online staff size play roles in the adoption and use of UGC. The study also finds that community structural pluralism is related to the adoption and use of news stories written together by professional and citizen journalists.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)399-420
Number of pages22
JournalJournalism and Mass Communication Quarterly
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 1 2015

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  • Citizen journalism
  • Community structural pluralism
  • News editors
  • Professional journalism
  • User-generated content (UGC)
  • User-submitted stories (USS)

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Communication


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