Agency and civic involvement in news production via Facebook commentary

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Social media services such as Facebook, Twitter and Youtube, where users create and share content, has become a large part of most peoples everyday digital life and equally media companies has realised that these services plays a great role in peoples news con-sumption pattern. On these services users can contribute to the publication process, in theory broadening the diversity of public debate. This paper explores user involvement on the Facebook pages of Danish mainstream online newspapers in November 2012 and investigate the hypothesises that user interactivity gives audiences greater power over influencing news making and in turn increases civic agency. Employing a content analy-sis of readers’ comments the study examines whether the commenters assume any of the core journalistic functions regarding news production, in terms of setting the agen-da, providing original information, and airing oppositional views on reported issues.
From a public sphere perspective, it also examines the degree of diversity of users’ opin-ions within media outlets and we examine to what degree users provide an alternative criticism of either the media institutions or a criticism of the power elite.
The results indicate that although users challenge the journalistic core functions to some extent this type of audience participation does not mean that the audience increasingly become co-producers of news content original content or adopting important media functions such as critique of the political power elite.
Translated title of the contributionBrugernes agency på Facebook
Original languageEnglish
Publication date12 Nov 2014
Number of pages20
Publication statusPublished - 12 Nov 2014
EventECREA 2014 - Universidade Lusófona de Humanidades e Tecnologias , Lisboa, Portugal
Duration: 12 Nov 201415 Nov 2014


ConferenceECREA 2014
LocationUniversidade Lusófona de Humanidades e Tecnologias
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    Mads Kæmsgaard Eberholst (Participant)

    12 Nov 201415 Nov 2014

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventOrganisation and participation in conference

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