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!


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