Review of Participatory Journalism commends theory and best practice

February 23rd, 2013 | News | Alfred Hermida | No Comments

The findings in Participatory Journalism are discussed in the March 2013 issue of the journal, Journalism and Mass Communication Educator.

The review by Jeremy Harris Lipschultz of the University of Nebraska Omaha commends the book’s blend of theory and best practices.

It highlights the growing role of online community managers in newsrooms, pointing out how this has become a career path for younger recent college graduates.

Lipschultz argues that the book’s “attempts to visualize ‘communication in complex societies’ and ‘hyper-complex societies’ …would be stronger with grounding in social network theory and best practices.”

The review ends by emphasising how the “fluid spaces” and “fluid journalism” discussed in Participatory Journalism means that “journalists, journalism educators, and students must continue to adapt to the changing nature of media storytelling.”

Jeremy Harris Lipschultz - Book Review: News on the Internet: Information and Citizenship in the 21st Century and Participatory Journalism: Guarding Open Gates at Online Newspapers, Journalism & Mass Communication Educator, March 2013, 68: 73-76. doi:10.1177/1077695812473261 (subscription required).

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