The epistemology of live blogging (2020)
This article proposes a typology of the epistemology of live blogging through an analysis of two live news blogs: Radio New Zealand (RNZ) News’ live blog of a significant earthquake in Aotearoa New Zealand in November 2016 and BBC News’ live blog of the Brexit referendum result in June 2016. We use these cases to draw out five features of the genre that we suggest may characterise other live news blogs. We demonstrate that these blogs tend to (1) produce a fragmentary narrative that (2) reflects particular moments in time, (3) curate an array of textual objects from a range of information sources to produce ‘networked balance’, (4) gain coherence from an often informal authorial voice or voices and (5) generate claims to knowledge of events which are simultaneously dynamic and fragile. This typology contributes to understanding journalism’s position within networked information spaces.
CitationMatheson D, Wahl-Jorgensen K (2020). The epistemology of live blogging. New Media & Society. 22(2). 300-316.
This citation is automatically generated and may be unreliable. Use as a guide only.
KeywordsBalance; Brexit; Curation; Epistemology; Journalistic authority; Live blogging; Storytelling; Temporality
ANZSRC Fields of Research47 - Language, communication and culture::4701 - Communication and media studies
Showing items related by title, author, creator and subject.
Kelly SL; Doser F; Chaban N (2017)Britain’s referendum decision to leave the European Union (EU) in June 2016, has resulted in political and economic uncertainty in Britain, Europe and around the world. Resultantly, there has been a great deal of speculation ...
Ross T (2020)This study explores issues of identity, hybridity and media in an Aotearoa/New Zealand context by analysing Pacific audiences’ affinity for and use of Indigenous Māori media. It makes the case for broadening ethnic ...