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Making the News PopularMobilizing U.S. News Audiences$
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Anthony M. Nadler

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780252040146

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252040146.001.0001

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Popularizing News 2.0

Popularizing News 2.0

(p.119) Chapter 4 Popularizing News 2.0
Making the News Popular

Anthony M. Nadler

University of Illinois Press

This chapter examines attempts to popularize and democratize news online through collaborative filtering. Collaborative filtering offers a means to replace the role of professional editors in setting the news agenda and deciding which stories deserve the most prominence. Instead of professional editors, collaborative filtering relies on algorithms to sort, rank, and prioritize the news based on the activity of large groups of web users. Various news sites have added some aspect of collaborative filtering, but the chapter focuses on social news sites (Reddit, Newsvine, and Slashdot) because they allow their users to make conscious voting choices about which stories should be most prominent. These sites epitomize the defining characteristics of the social Web and apply them to news.

Keywords:   online news, collaborative filtering, news agenda, professional editors, social news sites, Reddit, Newsvine, Slashdot

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