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Technology adoption and journalistic role conceptions : a conceptual review and operational model

Oni, OD and Coen, S 2016, 'Technology adoption and journalistic role conceptions : a conceptual review and operational model' , African Notes . (In Press)

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Abstract

The transformative potential of new interactive technology in journalism and specifically in broadcasting, where it touches on participatory programming is widely acknowledged in recent scholarship. Yet, there is no consensus on the implications of interactive technology adoption on the highly contentious profession of journalism and how technology is related to journalistic values and role conceptions. While studies of journalistic role conceptions rest on the assumption that conceptions are assessed from enacted journalistic contents (cf. Mellado and Lagos, 2014; Tandoc et al. 2013; Ngomba, 2010), at best, relationships between technology and role conceptions, as perceived rather than as enacted in journalists’ content is equally worthy of assessment. Following a review of literature on this purview, this article seeks to contribute to the ongoing discussion on new media and journalism and suggests an integrated conceptual model developed from extant theories on technology adoption and journalistic role conceptions in order to answer some pertinent questions. The proposed generic model could then be used to explore journalists’ dispositions to interactive technology and how different roles may be engendered in the digital era.

Item Type: Article
Schools: Schools > School of Arts & Media > Arts, Media and Communication Research Centre
Journal or Publication Title: African Notes
Funders: Non funded research
Depositing User: S Coen
Date Deposited: 24 May 2016 13:50
Last Modified: 25 May 2016 12:40
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/39037

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