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Amateurs striving for news production. Can they competewith professional journalism?

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  • Studies in Communication Sciences. - 2013, vol. 13, no. 2, p. 139-147
English tWith the rise of Web 2.0 the discussion about professional journalism changing radically or even becom-ing obsolete in the future has intensified. Up to now, empirical findings mainly stem from research on(micro-)blogging and show its complementary rather than equivalent function compared with profes-sional journalism. Amazingly, the performance of collaborative amateur news websites with an explicitlyjournalistic approach has rarely been studied so far. Therefore, this paper compares the coverage of Ger-man Wikinews with a professional German mass media website and finds significant differences in variousdimensions. It thus contributes to the growing empirical evidence and literature on citizen journalism.
Faculté des sciences économiques et sociales et du management
Département des sciences de la communication et des médias
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Information, communication and media sciences
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