The Changing Nature of Journalism: Reconnecting Audiences, Fostering Deliberative Democracy

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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
Stream: Media and Communications
Presentation Type: Paper Presentation in English
Paper: Changing Nature of Journalism, The


Paul Egglestone

Senior Lecturer in Politics and Sociology, Journalism, University of Central Lancashire
Preston, Lancashire, UK

Paul Egglestone is a Senior Lecturer in Journalism at the University of Central Lancashire, Leading an International Documentary MA, and a Media Management BA over in Shanghai. He teaches television and online journalism at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. He still makes films and writes music. A former independent producer working for BBC, ITV and Sky on regional and network programming, he now focuses on international documentary and digital content generation for broadband and mobile dissemination. He sits on the steering group for Lancashire Economic partnerships New Media and ICT group and is also leads the Journalism Sector of Northern Edge, the centre of professional excellence for creative and cultural industries. His research interests include the relationship between journalism and democracy and journalism in 2nd life.

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