Title
The use of citizen journalism for hyperlocal news production The use of citizen journalism for hyperlocal news production
Author
Faculty/Department
Faculty of Social Sciences. Communication Sciences
Publication type
article
Publication
Louvain-la-Neuve ,
Subject
Mass communications
Source (journal)
Recherches en communication / Université catholique de Louvain. Faculté des sciences économiques, sociales et politiques. Département de communication [Louvain-la-Neuve] - Louvain-la-Neuve, 1994, currens
Volume/pages
39(2013) , p. 151-164
ISSN
1370-0480
2033-3331
vabb
c:vabb:381206
Carrier
E
Target language
English (eng)
Affiliation
University of Antwerp
Abstract
This paper describes the case of the hyperlocal media project of the Belgian newspaper Het Belang van Limburg (1). In 2011 the newspaper launched a platform, called Het Belang van mijn gemeente, which makes use of citizen journalism for the coverage of local community news. The newspaper actively encourages community members (i.e. citizens, local councils and organizations) to contribute stories to the local news pages on the newspapers website. For each municipality in the province of Limburg, a local news page is created where people who have registered themselves as a news hunter can publish their own news stories, pictures and event announcements. All citizen contributions are published next to the professionally made news articles from the newspapers local journalists. Since the professional editorial content and the user-generated news content are not separated but co-exist within the same online news environment, it is interesting to investigate similarities and complementarities between both types of content. The central research question of this paper therefore is to what extent and in which ways contributions by local citizen journalists differ from the professional editorial news content in terms of topic selection and the use of sources.
Full text (open access)
https://repository.uantwerpen.be/docman/irua/80ff16/d1ba67a7.pdf
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