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SEMINAR | When Journalists go "Below the Line": Comment Fields at the Guardian



Start Date

27th Jun 2016 1:00pm

End Date

27th Jun 2016 2:00pm

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An Institute for the Study of Social Change and School of Social Sciences seminar

presented by

Dr Scott Wright, University of Melbourne and
Dr Todd Graham, University of Groningen

The Guardian's "Below the line" comment fields are hugely popular space for user-generated content: since 2006 they have received over 70m comments. Comment fields are important because they give audiences a space to debate news content with each other - and journalists themselves – and this could, in theory, shape journalism practice. This presentation focuses on how Guardian journalists engage below the line, and how the audience reacts to them. It combines a longitudinal quantitative content analysis of how journalist commenting has changed (2006-13) and a qualitative content analysis of what journalists say and do below the line, and how the audience responds to this.

Scott Wright is Senior Lecturer in Political Communication in the School of Culture and Communication at the University of Melbourne. He has expertise in e-democracy, Online Deliberation and Journalism.

Todd Graham is a Senior Lecturer in Journalism and Political Communication at the University of Groningen, Netherlands. He has expertise in Political Communication, Journalism and Internet Studies.

Monday 27 June. 1.00pm to 2.00pm

Harvard Lecture Theatre 2, Centenary Building, Sandy Bay Campus

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