1. Introduction

Sharing the Road

  1. Jane B. Singer PhD1,
  2. Alfred Hermida2,
  3. David Domingo PhD3,
  4. Ari Heinonen PhD4,
  5. Steve Paulussen PhD5,
  6. Dr. Thorsten Quandt6,
  7. Zvi Reich PhD7 and
  8. Marina Vujnovic PhD8

Published Online: 19 APR 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9781444340747.ch1

Participatory Journalism: Guarding Open Gates at Online Newspapers

Participatory Journalism: Guarding Open Gates at Online Newspapers

How to Cite

Singer, J. B., Hermida, A., Domingo, D., Heinonen, A., Paulussen, S., Quandt, T., Reich, Z. and Vujnovic, M. (eds) (2011) Introduction, in Participatory Journalism: Guarding Open Gates at Online Newspapers, Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444340747.ch1

Editor Information

  1. 1

    University of Iowa, USA

  2. 2

    University of British Columbia, Canada

  3. 3

    Department of Communication Studies of Universitat Rovira i Virgili in Tarragona, Spain

  4. 4

    University of Tampere, Finland

  5. 5

    Ghent University, Belgium

  6. 6

    University of Hohenheim, Germany

  7. 7

    Department of Communication, Ben Gurion University of the Negev, Israel

  8. 8

    Monmouth University, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 19 APR 2011
  2. Published Print: 15 APR 2011

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781444332261

Online ISBN: 9781444340747



  • English words “journalism” and “journey” – stemming from Latin word diurnalis, meaning “daily”;
  • newspapers moving online, becoming more fluid and amorphous;
  • content in variety of forms and formats – words, images and sounds, alone or in combination;
  • “participatory journalism” – “user-generated content” or “citizen journalism”;
  • newer forms of contributing – reputation systems, micro-blogs, social networking sites;
  • gatekeeping – threatened by new technology, competitors and audience served;
  • leading newspapers – authoritative role as providers of “the news of record”;
  • participatory journalism in online newspapers;
  • websites of national papers, attracting tens of millions of readers every month


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Participatory Journalism

  • Why Look at Newspaper Websites?

  • Chapter Preview

  • Note

  • References