Online Journalism, Citizenship and Interactivity:
a Europe-Australia research workshop

Cultural Technologies Node

Co-ordinator: Gerard Goggin, Christy Collis and Terry Flew

University of NSW
8th December 2008

Report available

The workshop brings together leading European researchers on online journalism and newspapers (through the COST 298 initiative) with their Australian counterparts to discuss the state-of-art of research, comparative approaches and issues, and future exchanges and collaborations.

Six leading European researchers on digital technologies will be visiting Australia in early December 2008. They are already participating in two events with CRN on Wed 10 and Thurs 11 December (‘Online@Asia-Pacific’, and ‘Participation in the Broadband Society’), organised by Dr Larissa Hjorth (RMIT).

The leader of the delegation, Professor Leopoldina Fortunati, has now extended the invitation for a Sydney-based workshop on the topic of online news, citizenship, interactivity and the future of newspapers. The European researchers wish to present their comparative research in over a dozen countries on online news, to hear about Australia and other Asia-Pacific research, and to discuss approaches and the research agenda in online news, but also the future of newspapers.

The European participants are:

Report

The workshop opened with an overview of the COST 298 and CRN networks. We then commenced detailed discussions on online journalism. This proved a very rich topic indeed. Presentations included:

We uncovered fascinating crossovers and differences between the European and the Australian cases—and there was much debate about participation, interactivity, citizen, future of journalism, specific modes of online journalism(s) across the two places.

The only problem was putting a stop to the discussions, so we did eventually segue into the digital television session. This session also comprised a very stimulating set of papers and discussions—that unfortunately we had to finally call halt, due to failing light :-) —and we repaired to a restaurant for a networking dinner.

Presentations included:

Overall the day was very worthwhile—and confirmed that there is great scope for cross-fertilization between research on these aspects of media and culture across Europe and Australia.

As a first step, we are thinking of two special issues of suitable journals (international or Australia) on each topic from the workshop—so one on online journalism and one on digital television.

But we will also seek to maintain and extend the links, with an eye to future research collaborations and exchanges.

Some of the European researchers provided papers for the workshop, so just contact Gerard if you'd like a copy of these—or otherwise would like contact details.