“We would have never made that story”: How publicpowered stories challenge local journalists’ news values

Research output: Contribution to ConferencePaperAcademic

Abstract

This paper investigates how local journalists reconsider their ideas of newsworthiness while adapting an audience-driven approach to journalism. It is based on qualitative in-depth interviews with 13 journalists working for three local newsrooms in the Netherlands, two of them working with Hearken and one of them working with crowdsourcing. The findings show that “public-powered” stories challenge traditional news values, in particular recency, prominence, and conflict. Audiences appear to be mainly interested in solution-oriented stories and have a preference for specific topics such as nature and local history. In dealing with participating audiences, journalists retain their gatekeeping role by sticking to recency in the prioritization of stories and by filtering audience input lacking novelty or surprise, input that does not fit the format requirements of the medium, and questions with an underlying commercial or political agenda.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 24 May 2019
EventInternational Communication Association (ICA) preconference on ‘Engaged Journalism: Bridging Research and Practice’ - Washington DC, Washington DC, United States
Duration: 24 May 201924 May 2019

Conference

ConferenceInternational Communication Association (ICA) preconference on ‘Engaged Journalism: Bridging Research and Practice’
CountryUnited States
CityWashington DC
Period24/05/1924/05/19

Fingerprint

news value
journalist
political agenda
journalism
Netherlands
history
interview

Cite this

Boesman, J., Costera Meijer, I., & Kuipers, M. (2019). “We would have never made that story”: How publicpowered stories challenge local journalists’ news values. Paper presented at International Communication Association (ICA) preconference on ‘Engaged Journalism: Bridging Research and Practice’, Washington DC, United States.
Boesman, Jan ; Costera Meijer, Irene ; Kuipers, Merel. / “We would have never made that story” : How publicpowered stories challenge local journalists’ news values. Paper presented at International Communication Association (ICA) preconference on ‘Engaged Journalism: Bridging Research and Practice’, Washington DC, United States.
@conference{be3c10bb964643d5bb6ceaf71b58fbff,
title = "“We would have never made that story”: How publicpowered stories challenge local journalists’ news values",
abstract = "This paper investigates how local journalists reconsider their ideas of newsworthiness while adapting an audience-driven approach to journalism. It is based on qualitative in-depth interviews with 13 journalists working for three local newsrooms in the Netherlands, two of them working with Hearken and one of them working with crowdsourcing. The findings show that “public-powered” stories challenge traditional news values, in particular recency, prominence, and conflict. Audiences appear to be mainly interested in solution-oriented stories and have a preference for specific topics such as nature and local history. In dealing with participating audiences, journalists retain their gatekeeping role by sticking to recency in the prioritization of stories and by filtering audience input lacking novelty or surprise, input that does not fit the format requirements of the medium, and questions with an underlying commercial or political agenda.",
author = "Jan Boesman and {Costera Meijer}, Irene and Merel Kuipers",
year = "2019",
month = "5",
day = "24",
language = "English",
note = "International Communication Association (ICA) preconference on ‘Engaged Journalism: Bridging Research and Practice’ ; Conference date: 24-05-2019 Through 24-05-2019",

}

Boesman, J, Costera Meijer, I & Kuipers, M 2019, '“We would have never made that story”: How publicpowered stories challenge local journalists’ news values' Paper presented at International Communication Association (ICA) preconference on ‘Engaged Journalism: Bridging Research and Practice’, Washington DC, United States, 24/05/19 - 24/05/19, .

“We would have never made that story” : How publicpowered stories challenge local journalists’ news values. / Boesman, Jan; Costera Meijer, Irene; Kuipers, Merel.

2019. Paper presented at International Communication Association (ICA) preconference on ‘Engaged Journalism: Bridging Research and Practice’, Washington DC, United States.

Research output: Contribution to ConferencePaperAcademic

TY - CONF

T1 - “We would have never made that story”

T2 - How publicpowered stories challenge local journalists’ news values

AU - Boesman, Jan

AU - Costera Meijer, Irene

AU - Kuipers, Merel

PY - 2019/5/24

Y1 - 2019/5/24

N2 - This paper investigates how local journalists reconsider their ideas of newsworthiness while adapting an audience-driven approach to journalism. It is based on qualitative in-depth interviews with 13 journalists working for three local newsrooms in the Netherlands, two of them working with Hearken and one of them working with crowdsourcing. The findings show that “public-powered” stories challenge traditional news values, in particular recency, prominence, and conflict. Audiences appear to be mainly interested in solution-oriented stories and have a preference for specific topics such as nature and local history. In dealing with participating audiences, journalists retain their gatekeeping role by sticking to recency in the prioritization of stories and by filtering audience input lacking novelty or surprise, input that does not fit the format requirements of the medium, and questions with an underlying commercial or political agenda.

AB - This paper investigates how local journalists reconsider their ideas of newsworthiness while adapting an audience-driven approach to journalism. It is based on qualitative in-depth interviews with 13 journalists working for three local newsrooms in the Netherlands, two of them working with Hearken and one of them working with crowdsourcing. The findings show that “public-powered” stories challenge traditional news values, in particular recency, prominence, and conflict. Audiences appear to be mainly interested in solution-oriented stories and have a preference for specific topics such as nature and local history. In dealing with participating audiences, journalists retain their gatekeeping role by sticking to recency in the prioritization of stories and by filtering audience input lacking novelty or surprise, input that does not fit the format requirements of the medium, and questions with an underlying commercial or political agenda.

M3 - Paper

ER -

Boesman J, Costera Meijer I, Kuipers M. “We would have never made that story”: How publicpowered stories challenge local journalists’ news values. 2019. Paper presented at International Communication Association (ICA) preconference on ‘Engaged Journalism: Bridging Research and Practice’, Washington DC, United States.