CITS Faculty Lecture Series (FLS) Event: Homero Gil de Zuñiga - Democracy and the Effects of Citizen and Traditional Journalism

Event Date: 

Thursday, November 4, 2010 - 12:00pm

Event Location: 

  • HSSB 6020

Democracy and the Effects of Citizen and Traditional Journalism

Journalism has long existed in the service of informed democracy producing knowledgeable and politically engaged citizens. Nevertheless, most of the existing research is based on professional journalism as embodied by the mainstream press which has suffered a steady decline for decades in the U.S. and elsewhere, accelerated by online news services. With the increasing popularity of so-called "citizen journalism," the time is ripe for scholarly inquiry on the contributions of this type of news content in the production of an informed citizenry. The well-established function of professional journalism in producing knowledge and motivating political participation is a benchmark by which to measure the role of citizen journalism, which has also been referred to as participatory journalism or user-centered news production.

In this talk, and based on original US national survey data, I will discuss the associations of using both professional and citizen news content with political knowledge and political participation. As results indicate, the answer is not completely straight forward for consuming these different media platforms have distinct consequential effects on the Democratic process.