Readers Comments on Zimbabwean Newspaper Websites: How Audience Voices are Challenging and (Re)defining Traditional Journalism

Mabweazara, Hayes (2014) Readers Comments on Zimbabwean Newspaper Websites: How Audience Voices are Challenging and (Re)defining Traditional Journalism. Digital Journalism, 2 (1). pp. 44-61. ISSN 2167-0811

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Abstract / Summary

Using qualitative data drawn from in-depth interviews with journalists, this study investigates how leading print newsrooms in Zimbabwe are adapting to the wave of changes spawned by readers’ comments on their websites. It specifically examines how the newspapers are handling the ‘new’ context in which strangers contribute and respond directly to something they alone once controlled. The paper further explores the professional and ethical dilemmas emerging with the volumes of user generated content (UGC) posted on the websites and the approaches taken by the newsrooms in managing and ‘gatekeeping’ the content. The study generally observes that while the newsrooms are still broadly adjusting to the influx of readers’ voices in their territory, the comments are increasingly shaping and contributing to the dynamics of newsmaking in ways that point to an emerging ecological reconfiguration and recasting of dimensions of news production. In the same way, the comments forums embody spaces for public deliberation. However, the lack of clear gatekeeping strategies has opened floodgates of abuses and extremist views that pose serious threats to the core values of news as well as the normative ideals of traditional journalism.

Item Type: Article
ISSN: 2167-0811
Subjects: Writing & Journalism > Journalism
Courses by Department: The School of Writing & Journalism > Journalism
Depositing User: Hayes Mabweazara
Date Deposited: 03 Mar 2017 11:39
Last Modified: 13 Oct 2017 16:07
URI: http://repository.falmouth.ac.uk/id/eprint/1990

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