The Internet has enabled audiences to get more involved in news production and distribution. Terms like ‘citizen journalism‘ are used to describe these changes. The wide accessibility of the Internet has allowed online platforms to be used for content creation, sharing and managing, new forms of citizen journalism. Recently, media and journalists have been challenged by the developments in social media such as Twitter and Facebook. This new gate used by media and users, has allowed for reporting eyewitness news. Although, reporting in social media often lacks a clear storyline and sense of flow. In relation to Twitter, one single tweet from an event is worthless, however when tweets are aggregated they become valuable. As Steven Johnson states:

“Yes, it was built entirely out of 140-character messages, but the sum of those tweets added up to something truly substantive, like a suspension bridge made of pebbles.”

The increasingly active role of audiences in news creation is changing the traditional roles between media and journalists and their readers. This concept is Gatewatching, that is the innovative practice of news reporting through social media curation. Audiences drive news selection and creation. In other words, gatewatchers publicise news by pointing to sources rather than publish it (Bruns, n.d.). Gatewatching as a news-gathering practice is suited to the World Wide Web, similarly as gatekeeping has been suited for the print and broadcast news medium (Bruns, n.d.). As more audiences shift from these media to the Web for their news, it is likely that they will experience this paradigm shift from gatekeeping to gatewatching.


Bruns, Axel. n.d. Gatewatching. ‘Gatewatching, Not Gatekeeping: Collaborative Online News.’ Available from:,%20Not%20Gatekeeping.pdf [Accessed: 18th September 2016]


5 thoughts on “GATEWATCHING

  1. Ryan Catbagan says:

    Very effective short and sweet summary of this week’s topic, meme was awesome as well! this shift in journalism from gatekeeping to gatewatching has undoubtedly had it’s effects on society, as quality no of distributed content no longer has a filter like it did in traditional journalism.

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  2. claire says:

    Awesome post! Your meme was clever, especially given that those characters are from a time when the legacy media prevailed. How ironic that Arthur is now a widely-circulated meme! Not something his creators ever imagined, I am sure. You strongly focused on the idea of user-generated content, which is such an important paradigm.It’s so interesting how a media ‘truth’ (or the legitimacy of a piece of news) is no longer dependent upon journalistic authority; rather ‘a lot of people’ effectively saying the same thing about an event. We as users filter through and aggregate content, making us the gate-watchers of news. I feel that this movement is slowly diminishing the power of traditional news outlets. This source ( discusses how media consolidation is an issue which affects democracy and freedom of thought. Even though it was written just three years ago, I feel that the world of news has changed drastically. In a decade, the consolidation of the media industry won’t even be important; we will be our own journalists.
    – Claire 🙂

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  3. iamtaylorbruno says:

    Great post and cool meme! Your explanation of gatewatching and gatekeeping clarifies both terms nicely. I find it fascinating that the role of the audience in news creation is effectively what creates the news these days – audience attention towards a particular event or topic gets it trending and thus it becomes the “important” news of the day. This cool video explains how the 21st century has changed journalism:

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