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WHEN INNOVATION MEETS LEGACY

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Journalism's transition from an industrial age to an information age and the unstable economics of profit-driven newsmaking have allowed for an unprecedented level of citizen input and involvement in the making of news. Here, new relationships between legacy and innovative newsmaking are forged and new models of newsmaking emerge. In this article, we discuss the case of The New Orleans Eye, an attempt at innovative newsmaking rooted in an individual citizen who started blogging in the wake of hurricane Katrina. The New Orleans Eye is a largely foundation-funded, non-profit online news organization composed of bloggers and former ink reporters, and has a unique relationship with the local Fox television station. We treat The New Orleans Eye as an example of a mixed-media system and discuss the tensions that emerge over innovative newsmaking within a context of a profit-driven legacy news industry and a neoliberal state.
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Keywords: blogging; citizen journalism; news; news ethnography; professionalism; sociology

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: Department of Sociology,Tulane University, New Orleans,LA,70118, USA 2: [email protected], Email: [email protected], URL: http://www.w3.org/1999/xlink_contents"> Department of Sociology,University of Connecticut, Storrs,CT,06269, USA< xmlns:xlink="" xlink:href="">[email protected], Email: [email protected], URL: http://www.w3.org/1999/xlink

Publication date: August 1, 2012

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