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Participatory Journalism: Guarding Open Gates at Online Newspapers offers fascinating insights into how journalists in Western democracies are thinking about, and dealing with, the inclusion of content produced and published by the public.

Recent years have seen a dramatic change in the relationship between online media and the ‘audience’, and user–generated content is a common feature of news websites. Control over the contents of the media space, once held by traditional news outlets, today is shared by bloggers and other social media participants.

Such an environment requires a significant conceptual and practical shift for journalists, who face a rapid and radical decline in their power to oversee the flow of information. The ability to productively incorporate user contributions within traditional media spaces is becoming a vital skill.

This book is based on a collaborative research project by a team of journalism scholars from Europe, North America and Israel.

Read the first chapter (PDF)

Participatory Journalism goes right to the heart of what journalists do, what journalism is, and what role both traditional and new information providers play in a contemporary democratic society that has gone digital.

Published by Wiley-Blackwell, the book is available from April 15 in the UK and May 2 in the US.