A study into the online media coverage surrounding the Woolwich attack and technological developments in journalism; news values, citizen journalism and user-generated content
(2014) A study into the online media coverage surrounding the Woolwich attack and technological developments in journalism; news values, citizen journalism and user-generated content, no. 63.
It is taken for granted in the industry that online journalism is the future, as well as being a developing area without clear direction and constant evolution thanks to advances in technology; yet it is unclear where online journalism is headed (Domingo, 2011). As the Internet develops in sometimes-unpredictable directions, questions in journalism are raised on the effect this has on practices and values (O' Sullivan and Heinonen, 2008). These developments have created a gap in studying the media industry and few scholars have analysed the effect the move from print media to an online space has had on traditional news values. Advances in technology have allowed online journalists to use various multimedia features in their work (video, photos, hyperlinks etc.), however this brings with it a different set of standards and extra responsibilities (Robinson, 2009). At this early stage in online journalism, most of the academic discussions centre on format, newsgathering, multimedia, ethics, relationships with consumers and journalistic professional identity. Using the Woolwich attack - 22nd May 2013 - as the subject, this study will analyse how the online print media broadcast this incident and if the traditional values and newly available technology made the reports more collaborative between publication and consumer.