'The Forms, Practices and Epistemologies of Online Journalism'

Lead Research Organisation: University of the West of England
Department Name: Faculty of Creative Arts


There is a growing awareness that information-driven technologies are reshaping relations of time, space and place in today's 'network society'. An insufficient attention has been devoted to investigating online news in these contexts, however, especially with regard to its impact on the wider role of journalism in public life. Accordingly, this project focusing on the evolving forms, practices and epistemologies of online news (in historical terms, as well as the respect to event such as 9/11 and the Iraq war). It examines major news websites, as well as alternative, citizen-based forms of reporting. The project's outcome will be an authored book.


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Matheson Donald (2009) Digital War Reporting

Description The project's principal output is the authored book, Online News: Journalism and the Internet, published by Open University Press in 2006. The book's analysis offers a range of insights into key debates concerning the ways in which journalism is evolving on the internet, devoting particular attention to the factors influencing its development. Using a diverse range of case studies, it shows how the forms, practices and epistemologies of online news are gradually becoming conventionalized, and assesses the implications for journalism's future. More specifically, the rise of online news is examined with regard to the reporting of a series of major news events. Topics include coverage of the Oklahoma City bombing, the Clinton-Lewinsky affair, the September 11 attacks, election campaigns, and the war in Iraq. The emergence of blogging is traced with an eye to its impact on journalism as a profession. The participatory journalism of news sites such as Indymedia, OhmyNews, and Wikinews is explored, as is the citizen journalist reporting of the South Asian tsunami, London bombings and Hurricane Katrina. In each instance, the uses of new technologies - from digital cameras to mobile telephones and beyond - are shown to shape journalistic innovation, often in unexpected ways.
Exploitation Route The book has been widely cited by academics, and used more generally as a source in various online commentaries (especially those concerned with the history of online news).
Sectors Creative Economy,Education,Other

Description The book has been widely cited by academics, particularly those researching the history of online news.
First Year Of Impact 2006
Sector Education
Impact Types Cultural