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Neue Zürcher Zeitung - Switzerland | Friday, June 16, 2006

Internet, a place for citizen journalism ?

Reinher Stadler casts a critical eye over the promised benefits of citizen journalism that, with the publishing of the "Readers Edition" of the Netzeitung online magazine, has now found a new platform among German speakers. "It remains highly unlikely that platforms like this will create an entirely new form of journalism, as 'Readers Edition' rather self-importantly proclaims. Although several media companies are toying with the idea of using this new brand of journalism, they are motivated not by the desire to encourage free and independent media discourse but rather by the desire to win back an increasingly disloyal customer base with interactive forms and to control the communicative needs of readers through their own channels... This is the profane core of 'user-generated content', as citizen journalism is referred to in the tedious and revealing language of the German media industry."

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