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The source, the resource and the collaborator: The role of citizen journalism in UK local newspapers. Lily Canter, PhD student, The University of Sheffield. “There is a role for professional journalism and a role for citizen journalism. The future belongs to both. It is not an either/or.”

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The source the resource and the collaborator the role of citizen journalism in uk local newspapers

The source, the resource and the collaborator: The role of citizen journalism in UK local newspapers

Lily Canter, PhD student, The University of Sheffield


“There is a role for professional journalism and a role for citizen journalism. The future belongs to both. It is not an either/or.”

Keith Perch, Editor Leicester Mercury, May 2011


Theoretical framework
Theoretical framework for citizen journalism. The future belongs to both. It is not an either/or.”

Economic vs civic conflicts

(Jenkins, 2008; Ornebring, 2008; Haas, 2007, Habermas, 1989)

Contemporary role of the gatekeeper

  • Retaininggatekeeping via moderation

    (Hermida and Thurman, 2008; Ornebring, 2008; Deuze, 2006;)

  • Redefining gatekeepers as sense-makers

    (Singer, 2010; Newman, 2009)

  • Sharing the gates (Paulussen, 2007; Gillmor, 2006)


Community reporter roles
Community reporter roles for citizen journalism. The future belongs to both. It is not an either/or.”


Pilot collaboration model rq1
Pilot collaboration model (RQ1) for citizen journalism. The future belongs to both. It is not an either/or.”

Citizens’ Eye feeding Leicester Mercury brands


Rules of engagement rq3
Rules of engagement (RQ3) for citizen journalism. The future belongs to both. It is not an either/or.”

* These can be complemented by citizen journalists providing additional material such as eyewitness accounts, video, audio and photography


Hard news followed up by journalists (resource becomes source)

News desk dictate page no.

Sub editor writes headlines

Branded as citizen journalism

News agenda set by Citizens’ Eye

Photos by Citizens’ Eye

Low level reporting

Self interest news

Flexibility in style


Complementary collaboration
Complementary collaboration source)

“It is not about replacing professional journalists it is about supporting them.”

John Coster, Editor Citizens’ Eye, May 2011


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