Journalism’s digital publics

Researching the “visual citizen”

Authored by: Stuart Allan , Chris Peters

Routledge Handbook of Digital Media and Communication

Print publication date:  November  2020
Online publication date:  November  2020

Print ISBN: 9781138672093
eBook ISBN: 9781315616551
Adobe ISBN:

10.4324/9781315616551-18

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Abstract

Disruptions associated with either financial or technological change have long garnered most of the attention when considering the democratic challenges facing journalism in a digital era (Pavlik, 2000; Picard, 2014; Usher, 2010). The proliferation of media platforms offering repurposed content has fragmented formerly stable audience profiles to varying degrees (Fletcher & Nielsen, 2017); declining advertising and subscription revenues, as well as an elusive business model, has impacted on staffing and resources (Deuze & Witschge, 2018); a multiskilling of roles in the newsroom and field risks compromising news outlets’ capacity to produce quality reportage (Bro et al., 2016); and the ease with which digital manipulation and distribution can undermine accuracy and verification on a wide scale makes it ever more difficult to separate the truthful from the deceitful, the ‘real’ from the ‘fake’ (Graves, 2016). It is readily apparent issues such as these complicate any easy, straightforward alignment between journalism and civic participation in public life yet also invite further consideration of the very nature of citizenship itself in a digital era.

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