News Online: Transformations and Continuities

Edited by Graham Meikle and Guy Redden

News matters. It is still the main forum for discussion of issues of public importance. It is where we come together to inform, persuade, influence, endorse or reject one another in a collaborative process of making meaning from events. But the news is changing — content, distribution channels, geographical constraints, production values, business models, regulatory approaches and cultural habits are all in flux, as new media technologies are adopted and adapted by users. However, despite having driven many of the changes themselves, established media organisations are in many cases struggling to adapt to this changed environment.

News Online: Transformations and Continuities is for everyone who wants to better understand the news media of the twenty-first century. With contributions from leading international scholars who question established understandings of news in the light of change, this book charts a course through recent upheavals and ranges over a broad terrain — from the BBC to experimental videogames, from Latin American newsrooms to Northeast Asian blogs, from the crisis in US newspapers to Twitter users in Iran. Each chapter provides an insightful analysis of how popular digital communications change relations of production and consumption, in addition to the effect on cultural and political participation. News Online considers the shifting boundaries between the popular and the professional made possible by the redistribution of news functions.

Graham Meikle is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Film, Media & Journalism at the University of Stirling, UK. He is the author of Interpreting News (2009) and Future Active: Media Activism and the Internet (2002).

Guy Redden is a lecturer in cultural studies at the University of Sydney, Australia. He has previously taught at the University of Lincoln (UK) and Prince of Songkla University (Thailand). His research revolves around the relationships between culture, media and economy.


Stuart Allan, Ian Bogost, Axel Bruns, Andrés Cañizález, Kate Crawford, Mark Deuze, Natalie Fenton, Simon Ferrari, Leopoldina Fortunati, Gerard Goggin, Jairo Lugo, Robert McChesney, Brian McNair, An Nguyen, Bobby Schweizer, Einar Thorsen, Tamara Witschge and Xin Xin.
Introduction: Transformation and Continuity – Graham Meikle and Guy Redden
1) Journalism, Public Service and BBC News Online – Stuart Allan and Einar
2) Managing the online news revolution: the UK experience – Brian McNair
3) The crisis of journalism and the Internet – Robert W. McChesney
4) When magical realism confronted virtual reality: online news and
journalism in Latin America – Jairo Lugo-Ocando and Andrés Cañizález
5) Newsgames: an introduction – Ian Bogost, Simon Ferrari and Bobby
6) The intimate turn of mobile news – Gerard Goggin
7) News to me: Twitter and the personal networking of news – Kate Crawford
8) News produsage in a pro-am mediasphere: why citizen journalism matters –
Axel Bruns
9) OComment is free, facts are sacred¹: journalistic ethics in a changing
mediascape – Natalie Fenton and Tamara Witschge
10) Journalism without journalists: on the power shift from journalists to
employers and audiences – Mark Deuze and Leopoldina Fortunati
11) Web 2.0, citizen journalism and social justice in China – Xin Xin
12 Marrying the professional to the amateur: strategies and implications of
the OhmyNews model – An Nguyen
Conclusion – Guy Redden and Graham Meikle