Journalism, Online Comments, and the Future of Public Discourse

Marie K. Shanahan

  • 出版商: Routledge
  • 出版日期: 2018-02-01
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  • 語言: 英文
  • 頁數: 136
  • 裝訂: Hardcover
  • ISBN: 1138630233
  • ISBN-13: 9781138630239
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Comments on digital news stories and on social media play an increasingly important role in public discourse as more citizens communicate through online networks. The reasons for eliminating comments on news stories are plentiful. Off-topic posts and toxic commentary have been shown to undermine legitimate news reporting, yet the proliferation of digital communication technology has revolutionized the setting for democratic participation. The digital exchange of ideas and opinions is now a vital component of the democratic landscape. Marie K. Shanahan's book argues for news organizations to stop retreating from comments sections and make organizing citizens' online commentary part of their mission; to recognize commenters as democratic actors and use journalistic rigor to add value to citizens’ comments above the social layer. Through original interviews, anecdotes, field observations, summaries of research literature, Shanahan makes the case for professional journalists, especially those in small and medium sized newsrooms, to seize upon this pivotal moment in digital history to provide leadership in the online discourse happening on and around news stories.