"Gatekeepers: Going, going, gone - the challenge of citizen journalism to traditional practice"

Oakham, K and Murrell, C 2008, '"Gatekeepers: Going, going, gone - the challenge of citizen journalism to traditional practice"', Australian Journalism Review, vol. 30, no. 2, pp. 11-21.


Document type: Journal Article
Collection: Journal Articles

Title "Gatekeepers: Going, going, gone - the challenge of citizen journalism to traditional practice"
Author(s) Oakham, K
Murrell, C
Year 2008
Journal name Australian Journalism Review
Volume number 30
Issue number 2
Start page 11
End page 21
Total pages 11
Publisher Journalism Education Association of Australia
Abstract Commentators believe that the reporting of the London bombings of July 2005 ushered in a new era of the citizen joumalist. News outlets in Britain were flooded with emails and mobile phone pictures. But with the sheer quantity of material heading into the editor'S inbox, how can we be sure ofits veracity? This paper looks at The Herald Sun. The Age, The Sydney Morning Herald, The Daily Telegraph and The Adelaide Advertiser to investigate the current systems in place for checking incoming leads and material. The paper raises questions regarding the reliability of current systems and putsforward the possibility that new approaches and systems may be needed to meet the new challenges. The paper further explores if newspapers are still acting as gatekeepers of the traditional system or if they are letting the gate swing ajar in response to changed circumstances.
Subject Communication and Media Studies not elsewhere classified
Keyword(s) citizen journalism gatekeeping
ISSN 0810-2686
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