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Comp. Exams, Pt. 3: Online Journalism

Posted by chanders on January 17, 2006

What if you were designing a graduate course on online journalism? Or what if you were taking comprehensive exams and you subject area was an overview of current, empirical research projects investigating online journalism…

What articles / books would you assign?

There’s so much dreck out there when it comes to nattering on about blogs. Here’s a list that I just put together. What do you think? What would be top on your list?

ps- this list will be adjusted based on your suggestions. be warned 🙂

Background: Technology, the Media, and Journalism

Fischer, Claude S. 1992. “Technology and Modern Life.” In America Calling: A Social
History of the Telephone to 1940
.  Berkeley, CA: University of California Press.

Williams, Raymond. (1974) Television: Technology and Cultural Form. London: Routledge.

Beczkowski, P.J. (2004) Organizing the News. Boston: MIT Press

Barnhurst, Kevin G. and John Nerone. (2001) The Form of News: A History. New York: The Guilford Press.

Online Journalism

Kidd, Dorothy (2003). “The Independent Media Center: A New Model,” Media Development. Found online at http://docs.indymedia.org/twiki/pub/Global/PDFsOfIndymediaGuide/brochurepages.pdf

Shayne Bowman and Chris Willis. (2004) “We Media: How Audiences Are Shaping the Future of News and Information.” Online at http://www.hypergene.net/wemedia/weblog.php

Domingo, David. (2003) "Ethnography for new media studies: a field report of its
weaknesses and benefits", paper presented at the New Research for New Media Symposium. University of Minnesota, Institute for New Media Studies.

Kennedy School of Government Case Program. (2003) “Big Media Meets the Bloggers: Coverage of Trent Lott’s Remarks at Stom Thurmond’s Birthday Party.” Online at  http://www.ksg.harvard.edu/presspol/Research_Publications/Case_Studies/1731_0.pdf

Deuze, M. (2003) “The Web and its Journalisms: Considering the Consequences of
Different Types of Newsmedia Online.” New Media and Society 5(2): 203-230

Lih, Andrew. (2004) “Wikipedia as Participatory Journalism: Reliable Sources? Metrics For Evaluating Collaborative Media as a News Resource.” Paper for the 5th International Symposium on Online Journalism (April 16-17, 2004) University of Texas at Austin. Online at http://journalism.utexas.edu/onlinejournalism/2004/papers/wikipedia.pdf

Herring, Susan C. et. al. “Bridging the Gap: A Genre Analysis of Weblogs.” Paper for the Proceedings of the 37th Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences, (2004) University of Hawaii. Online at http://csdl.computer.org/comp/proceedings/hicss/2004/2056/04/205640101b.pdf

Kumar, R. et. al. (2005) “On the Bursty Evolution of Blogspace,” World Wide Web Internet and Information Systems 8(2): 159-178

Shirky, C. (2003) “Power Laws, Weblogs, and Inequality,” from Networks, Economics and Culture. Online at

Matheson, D. “Weblogs and the Epistemology of the News: Some Trends in Online Journalism,” New Media and Society 6(1)

Johnson TJ, Kaye BK (2004). “Wag the Blog: How Reliance on Traditional Media and the Internet Influence Credibility Perceptions of Weblogs Among Blog users,” Journalism and Mass Communication Quarterly 81(3): 622-642

Hanke, Bob (2005). “For a Political Economy of Indymedia Practice.” Canadian Journal of Communication 30(1)

Van der Wurff, Richard. 2005. “Impacts of the Internet on Newspapers in Europe: Conclusions.” Gazette: The International Journal for Communication Studies 67(1): 107-20.

Deuze, M et. al. (2004) “Journalism Education and Online Journalists in Belgium, Germany, and The Netherlands.” Journalism Studies 5(1): 19-29

Klinenberg, Eric. (2005). "Convergence: News Production in a Digital Age."
The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science 597.

Singer, Jane B. (2005) “The Political J-Blogger: ‘Normalizing’ a New Media Form to Fit Old Norms and Practices,” Journalism 6(2): 173-198

Lowrey, W., and Anderson, W. (2005). “The journalist behind the curtain: Participatory functions on the Internet and their impact on perceptions of the work of journalism.” Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication, 10(3), article 13. http://jcmc.indiana.edu/vol10/issue3/lowrey.html


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