Continuity and transformation in convergent news: the case of WikiLeaks

Meikle, G. 2012. Continuity and transformation in convergent news: the case of WikiLeaks. Media International Australia. 144, pp. 52-59.

TitleContinuity and transformation in convergent news: the case of WikiLeaks
AuthorsMeikle, G.
Abstract

This article identifies three important aspects of media convergence for news and journalism. It uses the case of WikiLeaks to argue that 'the new news' enabled by media convergence is characterised by a number of particular tensions and conflicts between continuity and transformation: the ongoing processes through which established news organisations encounter new kinds of competition from new kinds of news actors, including wholesale information suppliers such as WikiLeaks; the ongoing cultural contests around the roles of journalists and the continued value of the fourth estate role of the news media; and the tensions between narrative and database approaches to news. The article explores the series of major news events precipitated by WikiLeaks throughout 2010 to highlight the contours of the emerging convergent news environment.

JournalMedia International Australia
Journal citation144, pp. 52-59
ISSN1329-878X
Year2012
PublisherUniversity of Queensland
Publication dates
Published2012

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