Our globalized, highly interconnected, world is drastically changing the media landscape. We became citizens of a 'global village', where news from distant places can reach us a lot faster than before. Furthermore, the broadcasting of crime news is no longer in the hands of a few, but in the hands of many. In our research, we explore whether journalists in today’s context can still maintain their position as ‘the crime defining elite’ on their own platform. serves as a case study. We’ve collected journalist and non-journalist contributions related to the UK riots of 2011 (ranging from 2011 to 2015). A critical discourse analysis was then performed, and the discourses on the discourses on the police and protesters were compared between both groups. We found that while journalists present a coherent, but evolving, discourse in each case, it is especially within the non-journalists contributions that different discourses see the light, continue to coexist and are often later introduced by journalists. Furthermore, the demarcation between actual news and other contributions is fading, as both are often presented nearly identical. Our research therefore suggests that non-journalists actively engage in adding and co-creating news, related to the topic, on the platform.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationGlobal Issues, Cultural Perspectives
PublisherUniversiteit Utrecht
Number of pages1
Publication statusPublished - 27 Jun 2018

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