digital participation in news media
full title: Digital participation in news media: ‘Minimalist’ views versus meaningful interaction
author: Tamara Witschge
year of publication: 2013
published in: Richard Scullion, Roman Gerodimos, Daniel Jackson & Darren Lilleker (eds) The Media, Political Participation and Empowerment
‘minimalist’ views versus meaningful interaction
In this chapter I critically interrogate journalists’ perceptions of the audience, and examine how they view public participation in news processes. As mediators of the ‘public’, news media play an important role in modern-day democracies, enabling audiences to participate in public life.
This chapter challenges existing research that uncritically views interactive tools that enable audience participation as evidence of a democratisation of news media.