Understanding Citizen Journalism as Civic Participation re-conceptualizes citizen journalism in the context of Habermas’s theory of the public sphere and communicative action, to examine how citizen journalism practice as civic participation may contribute to a heathier community and democracy in the civil society context.
Citizen journalism has garnered growing attention owing to the participation of ordinary citizens in the performance of news production. Drawing on the authors’ decade-long collaboration on citizen journalism scholarship, this book posits a theoretical framework that relies on diverse communication perspectives to understand citizen journalism practice and its democratic consequences.
This book will be of great relevance to scholars, researchers, professionals and policy makers working in the field of journalism and media studies, culture studies, and communication studies.
Table of Contents
- Modeling Citizen Journalism as Civic Participation
- Conceptualizing Citizen Journalism
- Mapping Citizen Journalism Scholarship
- Modeling Communication and Citizen Journalism as Civic Participation
Communication Mediation Model
Social Capital Perspective
Communication Infrastructure Theory
Integrative Theoretical Model
- Citizen Journalism Credibility: Audiences’ Perspectives
- Credibility of Citizen and Professional Journalism
- Predictors of Credibility of Citizen and Professional Journalism
- Citizen Journalism Practice: Causes and Consequences
- Factors Driving Citizen Journalism Practice
- Outcomes of Citizen Journalism Practice
- Conclusion: Rethinking Citizen Journalism as Civic Participation
Seungahn Nah (Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison) is Professor of Journalism and Media Studies in the School of Journalism and Communication at the University of Oregon where he served as Associate Dean for Graduate Affairs and Research. His research centers on the roles of digital communication technologies in community and democratic processes and outcomes.
Deborah S. Chung (Ph.D., Indiana University-Bloomington) is an Associate Professor in the School of Journalism and Media at the University of Kentucky. Her research investigates emergent information communication technologies and their impact on journalism practice, culture and education, focusing on the interplay between communication professionals and their audiences.