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Audience Participation and News Framing in the Digital Media Era: the Strauss-Kahn Case–related Live Blog at Lemonde.fr

Abstract : This study aims to characterize audience participation in live blogging and to understand the way journalists deal with this immediate and proliferating digital participation, in the wake of previous work (Singer et al., 2011; Thurman & Walters, 2012; Steensen, 2014). It takes lemonde.fr’s live blog during the “DSK affair” as a case study since it undeniably marked a turning point, popularizing live blogging among audiences and legitimizing it in newsrooms. The link between the political event and its live coverage will be tackled, with a focus on the nature and various forms of audience participation as well as the way those contributions are framed (Entman, 1993) by journalists. Therefore, in order to analyze this 40-hours-length live covering the arrest of the IMF director in New-York on 15 and 16 May 2011, we used mixed methods combining content analysis of media frames and qualitative discourse analysis. The comparison between two sets of corpora (corpus 1 being composed of all comments submitted by Internet users during the live and corpus 2 of the few that were finally published), will enable to grasp the representativeness of the published messages. It also allows depicting the audience profile that journalists foreground within this digital media space and raises the question of ordinary speech staging through the ideal type and normative conception of participation conveyed by journalists in a digital space.
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Nathalie Pignard-Cheynel, Emmanuel Marty, Brigitte Sebbah. Audience Participation and News Framing in the Digital Media Era: the Strauss-Kahn Case–related Live Blog at Lemonde.fr. International Conference Journalism, Society and Politics in the Digital Media Era, Advanced Media Institute (Chypre); Open University of Cyprus (Chypre); Centre for the Study of Journalism, Culture and Community (Bournemouth University, Royaume-Uni); Laboratory of Research in New Economy and Development (University Hassan II Casablanca, Maroc), Sep 2017, Limassol, Cyprus. ⟨hal-01720636⟩

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