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Lecture: Andrew Lindner

4/13/17 4:30pm to 6:00pm

Dr. Andrew Lindner, Skidmore College, will present a lecture titled: "Professional Citizen Journalism: How News By Anybody Became a Business" on Thursday, April 13, 2017 in Griffiths 123 from 4:30-6 p.m.

From mobilizing information posted during Arab Spring to videos of police brutality against unarmed black men to more mundane posts on hyperlocal community blogs, the democratization of news making has been among the most important developments of the 21st century. While forms of citizen journalism have generated immense interest among media scholars and the pundits alike, there have been relatively few systematic studies of the phenomenon. Drawing on the largest sample of U.S.-based citizen journalism sites to date, Dr. Lindner charts the growth of citizen journalism to its peak in 2010 and its subsequent decline. Then, he describes how the growing professionalization of the field and the surprising resilience of for-profit citizen journalism sites have left a remaining population of sites that fail to live up to their radical reputation.

Andrew M. Lindner is Assistant Professor and Associate Chair of Sociology at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, NY and Trends Editor of Contexts magazine. He teaches courses on mass media, political sociology, sociology of sport, and research methods. His primary research interests are in the role of the state, the market, and civil society in structuring journalism. His work on these topics appear in such publications as Social Problems, Contexts, New Media & Society, The Sociological Quarterly, Sociological Inquiry, and Information, Communication, & Society.