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DIGITAL TECHNOLOGY AND JOURNALISM: implications for Democracy

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Author(s): John V. Pavlik

Journal: Brazilian Journalism Research
ISSN 1808-4079

Volume: 7;
Issue: 2;
Start page: 95;
Date: 2011;
Original page

Keywords: Digital journalism | Democracy | Digital divide | Transparency of government | Robust messages | Civic participation | Social media | Arab Spring | Wikileaks | Tablet journalism

ABSTRACT
Digital technology has brought sweeping changes to journalism and the social institutions it serves. Journalism has historically played a central role in the U.S. and other democracies, serving as a primary source of news and information for citizens on matters of public importance. This paper examines the implications of these changes for democracy. It explores the question of whether a more interactive form of journalism will produce a more engaged and informed electorate.
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