Archive for Juni, 2013

Juni 28th, 2013

Streets of London

After last week’s bustle at the International Communication Association’s 63rd annual conference in London, all jpub members have finally returned from the Thames to the Alster: (at least) some tired, all happy. The ICA had compiled a program of really interesting talks, much too many to attend them all, so that I’m still busy downloading and reading the papers of those I missed.

We were very happy that we could present a small portion of the results from our case study at the German daily newscast Tagesschau in a session entitled „Participatory Journalism: Reimagining the Role of Audiences and Journalists“ with Carrie Brown-Smith as host.

Heise; Loosen; Reimer; Schmidt: Comparing attitudes and expectations towards audience participation in news journalism. ICA London, June 21st 2013 from jpub 2.0

Here, we focused on comparing the actual importance of different participatory functions (e.g. commentary sections, social media profiles) for audience members with their importance as assumed by the Tagesschau-journalists and pointed out what both sides think audience participation at the Tagesschau is good for.

In the session, we also had the pleasure to hear some high quality talks on related topics, all of which greatly complemented one another:

Rodrigo Zamith presented his and Seth C. Lewis‚ thoughts on how to convert discursive spaces on news websites from public spaces to public spheres. Lea Hellmueller and You Li talked about the integration of participatory journalism in the journalistic field using the example of CNN’s iReporters. Anna Kümpel, Nina Springer and Ramona Ludolph analysed he interaction between users and newsrooms on German, US-American and Swedish news websites. Annika Sehl presented some really interesting findings from her dissertation in which she investigated in how far audience participation contributes to diversity of information and opinion in local reporting.

This way, the session brought together different facets of and views on audience participation in journalism, providing an overview about current research in this area as well as detailed insights into specific aspects.

(If you are interested in our full paper on attitudes and expectations towards audience participation at the Tagesschau but do not have access to the ICA website, please e-mail me at j.reimer[at] and I’ll be glad to send you a copy.)


Juni 4th, 2013

News from the #jpub20 project & our presentations at ICA 2013

Hi everyone,

we have good news about the progress of the JPub20-project. For one, the field phase of our fourth case study, the weekly newspaper magazine „der Freitag“, has begun last week. Three members of the team – Wiebke, Nele and Julius – went to Berlin to interview the chief editor Philip Grassmann, one reporter from the politics ressort, as well as two community-editors. As expected, the case study is very interesting because of its „community“ concept, which is quite unique in the German news landscape. Here, users can become bloggers on the newspaper’s website and write and discuss about many different topics. In some cases, excellent user-generated content is presented on the homepage of, and/or even printed in the weekly issue of the self-declared „opinion medium“. We are very happy with this cooperation and we will keep you informed about the empirical stages of this case study (our last one – how exciting!).

Talking of excitement: Nele went to Berlin one day earlier to take part in a plenary discussion on „Journalism & Technology“. The discussion was part of the so-called „Digitaler Salon“, a monthly event by the Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society and the public radio broadcaster „DRadio Wissen“. The whole thing was live streamed on May 29 and is also available for downloading (in German).

Besides these Berlin-related events, we are also preparing a trip to London in two weeks: From June 17 to 21 2013 the Annual Conference of the ICA is held in England’s capital. Our project is represented with two presentations. For one, Nele will talk about a pre-study of her dissertation project at the pre-conference „The Objects of Journalism“. And secondly Julius is going to present selected results of our first case study, the „Tagesschau“, on June 21, 12:00pm to 1:15pm (session title „Participatory Journalism: Reimagining the Role of Audiences and Journalists“). The presentation deals with the comparison of attitudes and expectations towards audience inclusion and participatory features between journalists and users of the daily TV newscast. In case you’re interested in the findings and conclusions, we will gladly provide the full paper (ca. 30 pages) with figures, tables etc. via e-mail. And, of course, we hope to meet you in London!