The Application of In Situ Digital Networks to News Reporting and Delivery

Cokley, John (2004). The Application of In Situ Digital Networks to News Reporting and Delivery PhD Thesis, School of Film, Media & Cultural Studies, Griffith University.

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Author Cokley, John
Thesis Title The Application of In Situ Digital Networks to News Reporting and Delivery
School, Centre or Institute School of Film, Media & Cultural Studies
Institution Griffith University
Publication date 2004-12-01
Thesis type PhD Thesis
Open Access Status Other
Supervisor Michael Meadows
Paul Turnbull
Steve Drew
Subjects 280199 Information Systems not elsewhere classified
370104 Urban Sociology and Community Studies
291704 Computer Communications Networks
291799 Communications Technologies not elsewhere classified
330205 Curriculum Studies - Other Social Sciences, Humanities and Arts Education
400104 Communication and Media Studies
400199 Journalism, Communication and Media not elsewhere classified
400101 Journalism
330107 Educational Technology and Media
280104 Computer-Human Interaction
289999 Other Information, Computing and Communication Sciences
400100 Journalism, Communication and Media
350211 Innovation and Technology Management
280107 Global Information Systems
Abstract/Summary The development of digital networks has allowed the largest news media organisations to consolidate and centralise their publishing businesses in flourishing capital-city markets. This has resulted in a withdrawal from other less-viable markets, especially those which are geographically remote, and the subsequent emergence of the "digital divide" with its attendant negative effects. This thesis proposes that the combination of technologies, theories and processes which has brought about the "digital divide" can now be realigned to reverse those negative effects, and to enhance the possibility of focussed participatory communication taking place within and between those previously less-viable markets. This enhanced participatory communication - which I have named "integrated journalism" - brings with it measurable and positive effects, generally known as community capacity building effects, which lead to better outcomes for the members of enhanced communities, a more innovative and flourishing approach to life and business, and a more innovative and forward-looking atmosphere within enhanced communities. Two new models are devised and presented: the first allows members of audience communities to learn and implement the process of publishing a community newspaper under the tuition of an experienced journalist; the second enables both journalists and audience members to measure and direct the effects of news publication within communities.
Keyword information theory
participatory communication
community capacity building
diffusion of innovations
media dependency

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Created: Wed, 01 Jun 2005, 10:00:00 EST by Dr John Cokley on behalf of School of Journalism and Communication