The Changing Nature of Journalism: Reconnecting Audiences, Fostering Deliberative Democracy
The role of journalism is changing. Affordable and connected technologies (blogs, YouTube, Flickr etc) means that everyone can make and broadcast content to hundreds, if not thousands, of like-minded people across the globe. Does this evolving and increasingly participatory role of journalism foster deliberative democracy – the creation of a healthy public sphere where citizens can exchange ideas, acquire knowledge and information, confront public concerns and defend principles. Meld (www.meldonline.org) is a live research project exploring the changing nature of journalism in contemporary culture and its impact on the role of journalists. The project brings together the disciplines of journalism, animation, music and games design to explore new modes of digital storytelling and different ways of engaging audiences migrating from traditional forms of factual media product and reconnecting them with the content necessary for a healthy democracy. The results of this study will be presented at this conference.
Keywords: Journalism, Democracy, Digital
Senior Lecturer in Politics and Sociology, Journalism, University of Central Lancashire