chapter  11
21 Pages

Reconceptualizing Journalistic Outlets as Information Nodes

Journalists have always been in demand of sources who share and deliver information. Without sources news production would be an impossible task. However, as so far argued in this book, the emergence of non-linear global information fl ows fundamentally affects the work of journalists and their ‘conventional’ collaboration models. The argument presented here is that the underlying dynamics driving these processes of change are fostered by digital technologies and by the emergence of the network society. But what is the role of journalistic outlets within the sphere of network journalism? Where should they position themselves in the context of increasingly decentralized information fl ows and how can journalists effectively use the optional sources who offer multiple layers of information to a story?