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Theorizing Citizenship in Citizen Journalism

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posted on 09.02.2015, 14:20 by Vincent P. Campbell
Citizen journalism has become a prominent term referring to a variety of newsgathering and reporting practices conducted via a range of new digital technologies. The scholarly literature on citizen journalism, however, has tended to concentrate on its significance for journalism theory and practice whilst comparatively neglecting underlying questions about the theories of citizenship utilized within citizen journalism. This article examines the range of theories of citizenship at work in citizen journalism, highlighting problems in trying to locate citizen journalism practices and practitioners within definitional debates around citizenship. It explores how some theories construct citizen journalism as a tool for citizenship whilst others construct it as constituting a form of citizenship in its own right. The article identifies a range of problems within these theories in terms of their capacity to understand the relationship between citizen journalism and citizenship. It argues that fully understanding and situating citizen journalism requires moving beyond the journalismcentered focus which dominates the literature towards a consideration of citizen journalism that incorporates theories and practices of citizenship alongside those of journalism.

History

Citation

Digital Journalism

Author affiliation

/Organisation/COLLEGE OF SOCIAL SCIENCE/Department of Media and Communication

Version

AM (Accepted Manuscript)

Published in

Digital Journalism

Publisher

Taylor & Francis (Routledge)

issn

2167-0811

eissn

2167-082X

Copyright date

2014

Available date

01/02/2016

Publisher version

http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/21670811.2014.937150

Language

en