From Newsworthiness to Shareworthiness: Understanding Local News Value Judgements Through an Ethnographic Study of Hyperlocal Media Facebook Page Audiences

Turner, Jerome (2021) From Newsworthiness to Shareworthiness: Understanding Local News Value Judgements Through an Ethnographic Study of Hyperlocal Media Facebook Page Audiences. In: News Values from an Audience Perspective. Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 165-186. ISBN 9783030450465

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Abstract

Newsworthiness has historically been understood through studying mainstream news content. But in alternative forms of community media, the audience has agency to determine the output. This chapter investigates news value from their perspective. Studies of newsworthiness and shareability are first introduced, before focussing on the field of ‘hyperlocal media’. The chapter then draws on ethnographic fieldwork from two UK neighbourhoods with highly participatory local Facebook Pages, spaces of local knowledge and information maintained and shared by the audience, demonstrating their investment in certain story types and local subject matter. The chapter closes by recognising how audiences share content based on what they deem to be immediately functional, but also socially valuable, and how such insights might prove useful to the wider field of journalism.

Item Type: Book Section
Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-45046-5
Dates:
DateEvent
11 December 2020Published Online
1 February 2021Published
Subjects: CAH24 - media, journalism and communications > CAH24-01 - media, journalism and communications > CAH24-01-05 - media studies
CAH24 - media, journalism and communications > CAH24-01 - media, journalism and communications > CAH24-01-04 - journalism
Divisions: Faculty of Arts, Design and Media > Birmingham Institute of Media and English > Birmingham School of Media > Centre for Media and Cultural Research
Depositing User: Jerome Turner
Date Deposited: 13 Jan 2022 16:08
Last Modified: 13 Jan 2022 16:08
URI: http://www.open-access.bcu.ac.uk/id/eprint/10529

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