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Gatekeepers : going, going, gone -the challenge of citizenship journalism to traditional practice

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posted on 2008-12-01, 00:00 authored by Colleen Murrell, Katrina Oakham
Commentators believe that the reporting of the London bombings of July 2005 ushered in a new era of the citizen joumalist. News outlets in Britain were  flooded with emails and mobile phone pictures. But with the sheer quantity of material heading into the editor's inbox, how can we be sure of its veracity? This paper looks at The Herald Sun. The Age, The Sydney Morning Herald, The Daily Telegraph and The Adelaide Advertiser to investigate the current systems in place for checking incoming leads and material. The paper raises questions regarding the reliability of current systems and puts forward the possibility that new approaches and systems may be needed to meet the new challenges. The paper further explores if newspapers are still acting as gatekeepers of the traditional system or if they are letting the gate swing ajar in response to  changed circumstances.

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Journal

Australian journalism review

Volume

30

Issue

2

Pagination

11 - 21

Publisher

Journalism Education Association of Australia

Location

Kelvin Grove, Qld.

ISSN

0810-2686

Language

eng

Publication classification

C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Copyright notice

2008, Journalism Education Association

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