Today, during the New Media course for the first year students at the University of Amsterdam we discussed ‘Citizen Journalism’ (Flew 2008) and ‘From Blogs to Open News: Notes towards a Taxonomy of P2P Publications.’ (Bruns 2003). Concepts such as gatewatching, gatekeeping and open news were central to their assignment.
I asked them to look at the online news models presented by Bruns (2003) and Deuze (2003) to use as a starting point to create their own online news models. They had to try and place the following news sites in their own models:
It proved to be a very effective and efficient method to discuss the characteristics of each of the news sites.