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From Grand Narratives of Democracy to Small Expectations of Participation:Audiences, citizenship, and interactive tools in digital journalism

Peters, Chris; Witschge, Tamara;
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  • Published: 01 Sep 2016
  • Publisher: Routledge
  • Country: Denmark
This chapter critically examines the invocation of democracy in the discourse of audience participation in digital journalism. Rather than simply restate the familiar grand narratives that traditionally described journalism’s function for democracy (information source, watchdog, public representative, mediation for political actors), we compare and contrast conceptualisations of the audience found within these and discuss how digital technologies impact these relationships. We consider how “participatory” transformations influence perceptions of news consumption and draw out analytic distinctions based on structures of participation and different levels of engag...
free text keywords: audiences, citizens, democracy, digitalisation, interaction, journalism, participation
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