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Legitimizing Wikipedia: how U.S. national newspapers frame and use the online encyclopedia in their coverage
Abstract Within only a few years, the collaborativeWithin only a few years, the collaborative online encyclopedia Wikipedia has become one of the most popular websites in the world. At the same time, Wikipedia has become the subject of much controversy because of inaccuracies and hoaxes found in some of its entries. Journalists, therefore, have remained skeptical about the reliability and accuracy of Wikipedia’s information, despite the fact that research has consistently shown an overall high level of accuracy compared to traditional encyclopedia. This study analyzed the framing of Wikipedia and its use as a news source by five U.S. national newspapers over an eight-year period. A content analysis of 1486 Wikipedia references in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today and The Christian Science Monitor found that Wikipedia is framed predominantly neutral and positive, and that it is increasingly used as a news source. By framing Wikipedia as credible and accurate, the newspapers help legitimize the use of the online encyclopedia. By allowing Wikipedia to influence their news agendas as a source, the newspapers confirm the growing reliability of Wikipedia.firm the growing reliability of Wikipedia.
Abstractsub Within only a few years, the collaborativeWithin only a few years, the collaborative online encyclopedia Wikipedia has become one of the most popular websites in the world. At the same time, Wikipedia has become the subject of much controversy because of inaccuracies and hoaxes found in some of its entries. Journalists, therefore, have remained skeptical about the reliability and accuracy of Wikipedia’s information, despite the fact that research has consistently shown an overall high level of accuracy compared to traditional encyclopedia. This study analyzed the framing of Wikipedia and its use as a news source by five U.S. national newspapers over an eight-year period. A content analysis of 1486 Wikipedia references in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today and The Christian Science Monitor found that Wikipedia is framed predominantly neutral and positive, and that it is increasingly used as a news source. By framing Wikipedia as credible and accurate, the newspapers help legitimize the use of the online encyclopedia. By allowing Wikipedia to influence their news agendas as a source, the newspapers confirm the growing reliability of Wikipedia.firm the growing reliability of Wikipedia.
Bibtextype misc  +
Citeulike 9150760  +
Doi 10.1080/17512786.2010.506060  +
Has author Marcus Messner + , Jeff South +
Issue 2  +
Language English +
Number of citations by publication 1  +
Number of references by publication 0  +
Pages 145-160  +
Published in Journalism Practice +
Title Legitimizing Wikipedia: how U.S. national newspapers frame and use the online encyclopedia in their coverage +
Type unknown  +
Volume 5  +
Year 2011 +
Creation dateThis property is a special property in this wiki. 29 January 2012 15:02:52  +
Categories Publications without keywords parameter  + , Publications without license parameter  + , Publications without remote mirror parameter  + , Publications without archive mirror parameter  + , Publications without paywall mirror parameter  + , Publications without references parameter  + , Publications  +
Modification dateThis property is a special property in this wiki. 4 February 2013 20:12:55  +
DateThis property is a special property in this wiki. 2011  +
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