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Thorsen, Einar

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  • News, Citizenship and the Internet: BBC News Online's Reporting of the 2005 UK General Election

    This thesis considers the importance to democracy of online spaces where citizens can engage in dialogue on issues of public concern. Specifically, it evaluates the BBC's news and features provision on its website dedicated to the 2005 UK Parliamentary General Election, entitled Election 2005. Particular attention is given to sections such as the Election Monitor, the UK Voters' Panel and Have your say, to which people were encouraged to submit their views and comments for posting. Given the ...

    Cryptic journalism: News reporting of encryption.

    In light of Edward Snowden’s global surveillance disclosures, this article examines news discourses about online communication security and surveillance circumvention practices. It analyses 1249 news reports mentioning encryption in The Guardian and The New York Times, covering a three-year period from June 2012 to June 2015 (one year before and two years after the Snowden revelations). Whilst there was a marked increase in the volume of news articles mentioning encryption post-Snowden, the c...

    Routinisation of Audience Participation: BBC News Online, Citizenship and Democratic Debate

    Leading up to the 2010 UK general election, Director General of the BBC, Mark Thompson, stressed the importance of the Corporation’s ability ‘to provide a strong and independent space where the big debates can take place, free from political or commercial influence’. ‘In this public space,’ he continued, ‘everyone can have access to the lifeblood of healthy democratic debate – impartial news and information’. Affirming the importance of BBC Online, Thompson described it as ‘being a cornerston...

    Live Blogging and Social Media Curation: Challenges and Opportunities for Journalism

    Blogging and social media’s contribution to a realignment of the relationship between journalists and their audiences is discussed by Einar Thorsen in Live Blogging and Social Media Curation. Journalists are facing challenges to preserve traditional standards, such as verification of information and sources, whilst also capitalising on the opportunities afforded by the immediacy, transparency and interactive nature of online communication. Thorsen analyses these issues through two case studie...

    Student Wiki Pages: Online collaboration in a networked environment

    This chapter is concerned with student collaboration and ‘peer-support’ pedagogy as facilitated by online learning environments. Specifically the chapter discusses the use of wiki tools as part of the e-learning strategy in a first year BA (Hons) Communication and Media unit at Bournemouth University. The pedagogical aim here is to assess students’ ability to work effectively in a computer-mediated environment by applying interpersonal communication skills taught in the unit, whilst fostering...

    Blogging on the ice: Connecting audiences with climate-change sciences

    Scientists working in Antarctica have recognized the need to counteract problems associated with mainstream media's treatment of the climate-change crisis. For this reason, several of them have assumed the role of citizen journalists in order to report on the effects of global warming first-hand. More specifically, they have chosen to communicate directly with the general public through official or personal blogs. In so doing they are capitalizing on the way the Internet is changing science n...

    UK Election Analysis 2015: Media, Voters and the Campaign

    Featuring 71 contributions from leading UK academics, this publication captures the immediate thoughts, reflections and early research insights on the 2015 UK General Election from the cutting edge of media and politics research. Published 10 days after the election, these contributions are short and accessible. Authors provide authoritative analysis of the campaign, including research findings or new theoretical insights; to bring readers original ways of understanding the election. Contribu...

    Exhaled nitric oxide and lung function after moderate normobaric hyperoxic exposure

    © 2013 Undersea & Hyperbaric Medical Society, Inc. Pulmonary oxygen toxicity is associated with inflammatory responses in the airways and alveoli. The purpose of this study was to investigate whether the changes in exhaled nitric oxide (FENO) after exposure to normobaric hyperoxia (NBO), 100% oxygen (O2) at 1 atmosphere absolute (atm abs) for 90 minutes, are associated with changes in lung function. Methods: Eighteen healthy non-smoking subjects were exposed to N...

    Reporting Suicide Worldwide: Media Responsibilities

    Guidelines, training and ethical issues raised by the latest review of research about the impact of media coverage on suicidal behaviour.
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