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Conversation - a metaphor and a method for better journalism?

A public journalism experiment from Finland...
“Conversation” has become a fashionable metaphor for thinking about journalism and its role in social life, particularly with the rise of the public journalism movement. This article reports the findings from an experiment in which the metaphor was taken as a practical model for producing more citizen-oriented content for reporting. Experiences from citizen focus groups acting as the source of reporting are analysed and their challenges for journalistic practice are highlighted. The article concludes by comparing the lessons of using the “conversational method” with some recent scholarly reflections about the role of conversation in journalism.
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