chapter  7
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The Shared Information Sphere: User-generated Content Providers, Citizen Journalists, Media Activists

Among the new news deliverers adding to (global) news fl ows, four groups seem to stand out at this point: media activists, citizen journalists, bloggers and user-generated content providers. However, there is no set defi nition as to what is behind each of these groups or if and how they differ in their character and in the ways they produce and distribute content (for a number of terms currently in use see Kelly, 2009: 17). This conceptual lack of terminology also became obvious throughout the interviews. The interviewees often had differing types of content deliverers in mind when talk came to any of the groups mentioned above. Some would, for example, not divide between citizen journalists and user-generated content providers whereas others would stress that these were two very distinct types of information deliverers.