Preliminary Annotated Bibliography for Term Project

Scott, B. (2005). A contemporary history of digital journalism. Television New Media 6(1), 89-126. Retrieved from, University of Washington Library

This article summarizes the history of online journalism, charting its rise with the internet boom of the mid-1990s and its subsequent decline and stabilization within the present news media market. It also extends an existing critique of hyper-commercial journalism by developing the arguments to treat the new institutions and conventions of the digital marketplace. It helps to scope the timeline of old media transforming to new media, and understand how this technology transformation affects journalism.

Papacharissi, Z. (2003). [Review of the books Digital lournalism: emerging media and the changing horizons of journalism and News and the Net]. Journalism & Mass Communication Educator,59(4), 419-421. Retrieved from, University of Washington Library

By reviewing two books written on digital journalism, this article analyzes the definition of digital journalism and its impact on journalism. The analysis leads into the ethical implications of online news for the journalistic practice. The review emphasizes the advent of digital journalism and help to note that the practice of online news reporting calls for a combination of traditional journalism skills with computer literacy.

Sweetser, K, Kaye, D, & Golan, G. (2008). Intermedia agenda setting in television, advertising, and blogs during the 2004 election. Mass Communication & Society11(2), 197-216. Retrieved from, University of Washington Library

This paper studies the case of 2004 presidential election. It examines whether the candidate controlled media can be successful in influencing the issue and news agenda of major TV networks. The article shows a good example of how strong the correlations would be between new forms of journalism (i.e. blogs) and the media agenda. It typifies how media evolution affects our news reporting.

Jing, X.L. (2008). News from the people. Beijing Review51(27),18-19. Retrieved from, University of Washington Library

The article discusses the increasing use of the Internet by users in China. Using the case of Back Dorm Boys It states that podcasting in the country is dominated by video programs, with China’s video-sharing Web sites becoming the main stages for podcasters to express themselves. The article also discusses about grassroots journalism in China, the author lists several examples of how amateur reporters use digital innovations to create and distribute content, they build their reputation and eventually attract the professional media attention. All the examples in China, where news reporting was once limited by strict regulations, reveal a more substantial evolution in news production in digital age.

Thurman, N. (2008). Forums for citizen journalists? Adoption of user generated content initiatives by online news media. New Media & Society10(1),135-197., University of Washington Library

Technological innovations allow everyone participate in news reporting. This article discusses the phenomenon of citizen journalism which uses the www, and in particular blogs and wikis, to publish and promote independent news-related content. It argues that the mainstream news media should respond to the increase demand from readers for space to express their views. The article provides qualitative research interviews with editors and nine major British news websites to reveal the debates journalists are having about their changing roles, the challenges of meeting commercial expectations and ethical obligations. The article provides with case studies on the changes taking place in journalism’s relationship with its consumers.

LANE, R. (2011). In the age of new media, who counts as a journalist?. News Media & the Law35(1),27-29., University of Washington Library

The article focuses on the concept of news reporting and how it differs with the utilization of technology in creating expressive writing. The author revisits the definition of journalism and compares it with the process of disseminating information to the public through various media such as blog. Emphasis is also given to the encouragement to the courts in forming guidelines regarding the use of technology in gathering and publishing information. The article dig deeply in how technology reshapes content creating, while it also touch on how we should make control to online publishing by forming guidelines, pushing us to ponder how to dilute the negative effects brought by new media.

DeJean, D. (2005). Technology might return journalism to its roots. Nieman Reports59(1),45-47., University of Washington Library

The article reviews Robert W. McChesney’s Our Media, Not Theirs: The Democratic Struggle Against Corporate Media, and Dan Gillmor’s We the Media. It basically discusses how Internet will profoundly effects on what journalism is—how it is regarded, defined and practiced. The discussion shows today’s media industry is facing an amalgamation of journalists, newsmakers and the audience. Journalism is seen as more of a technically aided conversation, rather than a top-down monologue. The article also analyzes the consequences brought by this amalgamation. The author compare the views of McChesney and Gillmor, optimistic and pessimistic, holding that we should also notice the threats caused by technology, such as privacy, credibility, Internet access control, etc.

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2 Responses to Preliminary Annotated Bibliography for Term Project

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  2. Hi, Ting – this is a great start on your resources!

    Thanks for making hot links to the online articles and databases (your fellow researches thank you in advance) and alerting readers that the library is UW. If there is a DOI, it’s helpful to include it, too. Also, remember to include the access date for any sources that are on the public web; it provides a temporal marker in the sand, so to speak, should someone try to access the article and the link is 404.

    When you revise these annotations for your final deliverable, remember to add how the source informed your research. That’s missing at this stage.

    The citation format needs a bit of tweaking to conform with APA. Oh, and we don’t number them, but we do put them in alphabetical order by last name of the first author.

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