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Interacting, but not contributing: fruitless news crowdsourcing in Spain
Södertörn University, School of Social Sciences, Journalism.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-1428-9477
Universidad de Navarra, Pamplona, Spain.
2019 (English)In: Estudios sobre el Mensaje Periodí­stico, ISSN 1134-1629, Vol. 25, no 2, p. 639-655Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Trusting the audience to contribute data, a practice called crowdsourcing, is one of several procedures of contemporary data journalism. While previous research has embraced the idea of crowdsourcing as a transparent way of engaging the audience, the journalistic practice of crowdsourcing is currently still limited. The Spanish case is particularly illuminating of the gap between theoretical expectations and reality. Although online news media in Spain stands out because of its commitment to exploring interactive possibilities, and its audience is especially prone to comment on news, this qualitative study presents evidence that Spanish data journalists remain quite reluctant to embrace crowdsourcing as a research method. Based on semi-structured interviews with five Spanish data journalists, this paper explains the motivations behind this reluctance as well as the challenges of activating the audience.

Abstract [es]

Confiar en la audiencia para que contribuya con datos, una práctica llamada crowdsourcing, es uno de los procedimientos del periodismo de datos contemporáneo. Si bien las investigaciones anteriores han adoptado la idea de crowdsourcing como una forma transparente de involucrar a la audiencia, esta práctica periodística todavía es limitada. El caso español es particularmente esclarecedor de la brecha entre las expectativas teóricas y la realidad. Aunque los medios de comunicación digitales españoles se destacan por su compromiso con la exploración de las posibilidades interactivas, y su audiencia es especialmente propensa a comentar noticias, este estudio cualitativo presenta evidencias de que los periodistas de datos en España siguen siendo bastante reacios a adoptar el crowdsourcing como un método de investigación. Basado en entrevistas semiestructuradas con cinco periodistas de datos, este artículo explica las motivaciones detrás de esta renuencia, así como los desafíos de la activación de la audiencia.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Universidad Complutense de Madrid , 2019. Vol. 25, no 2, p. 639-655
Keywords [en]
Crowdsourcing, citizen journalism, data journalism, interactivity
Keywords [es]
Crowdsourcing; periodismo ciudadano; periodismo de datos; interactividad
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Media Studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-38696DOI: 10.5209/esmp.64792OAI: oai:DiVA.org:sh-38696DiVA, id: diva2:1341052
Note

Spanish title: Interactuando sin aportar: el infructuoso crowdsourcing periodístico en España

Available from: 2019-08-07 Created: 2019-08-07 Last updated: 2019-08-07Bibliographically approved

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