“The People’s Debate” Published

I’m very happy to be part of Journalism Practice‘s special issue on “Online Reporting of Elections.” Einar Thorsen did a great job putting together an international collection of research articles. My contribution is a piece I wrote with my good friend Eran Ben-Porath. We were both really interested in CNN’s partnership with YouTube back in 2007 to conduct a debate using YouTube-submitted videos. It seemed to us something promising and unduly ridiculed:

However, it also was amusing how much CNN tried to tamp down its role in actually selecting and ordering the videos. After a long and twisty academic road, the piece in Journalism Practice is what we came up with, and we hope the idea of the “demotic voice” that we adapted from the work of Graeme Turner is useful. It’s also a testament to the speed of academic research that here it is in 2012 and we are just getting out our research from the last election.

About Matt Carlson

Associate Professor of Communication Hubbard School of Journalism and Mass Communication University of Minnesota
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