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Journalism in times of cost-cutting and Web 2.0: a study on the impact of marketing and digitization on sourcing practices and editorial content

Sarah Van Leuven UGent and Karin Raeymaeckers UGent (2012) 62st annual ICA conference, Proceedings.
abstract
In order to assess the impact of commercialisation and digitization on journalists’ sourcing practices, we set up a content analysis of the secondary sources and information actors in the news output of four Flemish newspapers over a period of 10 years (2000-2010). From a longitudinal methodological perspective we match our results with reflexions on the expanding or shrinking mediated public sphere. The analysis shows little to no shifts through time. Mainstream sources dominate the news but citizens are also an important part of it. As far as we can observe, Flemish journalists modestly refer to pre-packaged sources. The opportunities for a more diverse source use offered by Web 2.0 applications have not yet penetrated in their newsrooms. The findings indicate that often heard concerns about cost-cutting in newsrooms or sanguinity about the democratic potential of Web 2.0 seem fairly exaggerated, at least in the Flemish context.
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subject
keyword
sourcing, commercialisation, digitalization, newspapers, content analysis, public sphere
in
62st annual ICA conference, Proceedings
pages
16 pages
publisher
Ghent University, Department of Communication studies
place of publication
Ghent, Belgium
conference name
62st annual conference International Communication Association (ICA - 2012)
conference location
Phoenix, AR, USA
conference start
2012-05-24
conference end
2012-05-28
language
English
UGent publication?
yes
classification
C1
additional info
This paper has now been published in Journalism. Reference: Van Leuven, S.; Deprez, A. & Raeymaeckers, K. (2013) Towards more balanced news access? A study on the impact of cost-cutting and Web 2.0 on the mediated public sphere. Journalism: in press.
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3051072
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http://hdl.handle.net/1854/LU-3051072
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http://prezi.com/bvakjkkttw6j/journalism-in-times-of-cost-cutting-and-web-20/
date created
2012-11-12 13:53:52
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2017-01-02 09:53:00
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  abstract     = {In order to assess the impact of commercialisation and digitization on journalists{\textquoteright} sourcing practices, we set up a content analysis of the secondary sources and information actors in the news output of four Flemish newspapers over a period of 10 years (2000-2010). From a longitudinal methodological perspective we match our results with reflexions on the expanding or shrinking mediated public sphere. The analysis shows little to no shifts through time. Mainstream sources dominate the news but citizens are also an important part of it. As far as we can observe, Flemish journalists modestly refer to pre-packaged sources. The opportunities for a more diverse source use offered by Web 2.0 applications have not yet penetrated in their newsrooms. The findings indicate that often heard concerns about cost-cutting in newsrooms or sanguinity about the democratic potential of Web 2.0 seem fairly exaggerated, at least in the Flemish context.},
  author       = {Van Leuven, Sarah and Raeymaeckers, Karin},
  booktitle    = {62st annual ICA conference, Proceedings},
  keyword      = {sourcing,commercialisation,digitalization,newspapers,content analysis,public sphere},
  language     = {eng},
  location     = {Phoenix, AR, USA},
  pages        = {16},
  publisher    = {Ghent University, Department of Communication studies},
  title        = {Journalism in times of cost-cutting and Web 2.0: a study on the impact of marketing and digitization on sourcing practices and editorial content},
  url          = {http://prezi.com/bvakjkkttw6j/journalism-in-times-of-cost-cutting-and-web-20/},
  year         = {2012},
}

Chicago
Van Leuven, Sarah, and Karin Raeymaeckers. 2012. “Journalism in Times of Cost-cutting and Web 2.0: a Study on the Impact of Marketing and Digitization on Sourcing Practices and Editorial Content.” In 62st Annual ICA Conference, Proceedings. Ghent, Belgium: Ghent University, Department of Communication studies.
APA
Van Leuven, Sarah, & Raeymaeckers, K. (2012). Journalism in times of cost-cutting and Web 2.0: a study on the impact of marketing and digitization on sourcing practices and editorial content. 62st annual ICA conference, Proceedings. Presented at the 62st annual conference International Communication Association (ICA - 2012), Ghent, Belgium: Ghent University, Department of Communication studies.
Vancouver
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Van Leuven S, Raeymaeckers K. Journalism in times of cost-cutting and Web 2.0: a study on the impact of marketing and digitization on sourcing practices and editorial content. 62st annual ICA conference, Proceedings. Ghent, Belgium: Ghent University, Department of Communication studies; 2012.
MLA
Van Leuven, Sarah, and Karin Raeymaeckers. “Journalism in Times of Cost-cutting and Web 2.0: a Study on the Impact of Marketing and Digitization on Sourcing Practices and Editorial Content.” 62st Annual ICA Conference, Proceedings. Ghent, Belgium: Ghent University, Department of Communication studies, 2012. Print.