Assessing Collaboration in One Media Ecosystem

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Journalism Practice, ISSN: 1751-2786, Vol: 11, Issue: 10, Page: 1283-1301

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John A. Hatcher; Dana Thayer
Informa UK Limited
Social Sciences
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This case study explores relationships among news organizations in one media ecosystem to determine how willing journalists may be to form a more collaborative information network. A three-step, mixed methodological approach is employed: the ecosystem was “mapped”; an ongoing dialogue with journalists was initiated, and in-depth interviews were conducted with journalists and community storytellers to understand existing news flow in this region. Preliminary findings suggest a willingness to collaborate; however, legacy media may have more reservations about collaboration than journalists at community newspapers, public broadcasting stations, and entrepreneurial startups.