A history of newswork on wikipedia

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A history of newswork on wikipedia is a 2013 conference paper written in English by Keegan B.C. and published in Proceedings of the 9th International Symposium on Open Collaboration, WikiSym + OpenSym 2013.

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Wikipedia's coverage of current events blurs the boundaries of what it means to be an encyclopedia. Drawing on Gieyrn's concept of \boundary work", this paper explores how Wiki- pedia's response to the 9/11 attacks expanded the role of the encyclopedia to include newswork, excluded content like the 9/11 Memorial Wiki that became problematic following this expansion, and legitimized these changes through the adop- Tion of news-related policies and routines like promoting "In the News" content on the homepage. However, a second case exploring WikiNews illustrates the pitfalls of misappropriat- ing professional newswork norms as well as the challenges of sustaining online communities. These cases illuminate the social construction of new technologies as they confront the boundaries of traditional professional identities and also re- veal how newswork is changing in response to new forms of organizing enabled by these technologies. Categories and Subject Descriptors K.2 [Computing Milieux]: History of Computing; K.4.3 [Computers and Society]: Organizational ImpactsCom- puter supported collaborative work General Terms Standardization,Theory. Copyright 2010 ACM.

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