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

Jan Boesman, Irene Costera Meijer, Merel Kuipers

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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

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    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.