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Are fear-based fortresses finished? A technology fuelled shift in the Flemish journalist-public relations

Jeroen De Keyser (UGent) and Karin Raeymaeckers (UGent)
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Traditional mass media have a history of being one-way transmitters of information, closed fortresses regarding the input of the public. Although some cautious attempts to give a voice to this public can be demonstrated in some media (e.g. by introducing a letters to the editor section), these have been proven to be insufficient today. One major change is the explosion of free news content on the internet, often generated by citizens outside of the traditional news flow. At the beginning, traditional media unanimously opposed to any form of “citizen journalism”, but their attitudes start shifting. More and more media are experimenting nowadays, offering users online tools to participate in some parts of the professional news process. Although the professional journalists ultimately remain in control, the experiments can be considered free content generating mechanisms, helping to reduce costs related to the process of newsgathering. In this book chapter, results of recent research in Flemish news rooms will be presented, with respect to the different potential activity levels of the public.

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De Keyser, Jeroen, and Karin Raeymaeckers. 2010. “Are Fear-based Fortresses Finished? A Technology Fuelled Shift in the Flemish Journalist-public Relations.” In Content, Channels and Audiences in the New Millennium: Interaction and Interrelations, ed. Elena Vartanova, 30–44. Moscow: Faculty of Journalism, Lomonosov MSU – MediaMir.
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De Keyser, Jeroen, & Raeymaeckers, K. (2010). Are fear-based fortresses finished? A technology fuelled shift in the Flemish journalist-public relations. In E. Vartanova (Ed.), Content, Channels and Audiences in the New Millennium: Interaction and Interrelations (pp. 30–44). Moscow: Faculty of Journalism, Lomonosov MSU – MediaMir.
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De Keyser J, Raeymaeckers K. Are fear-based fortresses finished? A technology fuelled shift in the Flemish journalist-public relations. In: Vartanova E, editor. Content, Channels and Audiences in the New Millennium: Interaction and Interrelations. Moscow: Faculty of Journalism, Lomonosov MSU – MediaMir.; 2010. p. 30–44.
MLA
De Keyser, Jeroen, and Karin Raeymaeckers. “Are Fear-based Fortresses Finished? A Technology Fuelled Shift in the Flemish Journalist-public Relations.” Content, Channels and Audiences in the New Millennium: Interaction and Interrelations. Ed. Elena Vartanova. Moscow: Faculty of Journalism, Lomonosov MSU – MediaMir., 2010. 30–44. Print.
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At the beginning, traditional media unanimously opposed to any form of “citizen journalism”, but their attitudes start shifting. More and more media are experimenting nowadays, offering users online tools to participate in some parts of the professional news process. Although the professional journalists ultimately remain in control, the experiments can be considered free content generating mechanisms, helping to reduce costs related to the process of newsgathering.
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  author       = {De Keyser, Jeroen and Raeymaeckers, Karin},
  booktitle    = {Content, Channels and Audiences in the New Millennium: Interaction and Interrelations},
  editor       = {Vartanova, Elena},
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  title        = {Are fear-based fortresses finished? A technology fuelled shift in the Flemish journalist-public relations},
  year         = {2010},
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