Gatekeeping Changes in the New Media Age: The Internet, Values and Practices of Journalism
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Ferreira, G. B. (2018). Gatekeeping Changes in the New Media Age: The Internet, Values and Practices of Journalism. Brazilian Journalism Research, 14(2), 486–505.


This article re-evaluates the relevance of the concept of gatekeeping in the 21st century. Sustained in the literature on this subject, it argues that, in an age marked by new media and digital journalism, a classical understanding of the concept of gatekeeper will narrow the scope of the study of journalism and its relationship with the public.  Taking into account the predominant trends and lines of research, and analyzing practices and events that, from a political point of view, marked the most recent years, this article seeks to reflect upon new directions with civic value for the practice of journalism and on a reconfigured concept of the gatekeeper in the western word. It concludes by showing the normalization of the new media devices and their appropriateness to conventional values and practices of journalism.

Este artigo reavalia a relevância do conceito de gatekeeping no século XXI. Sustentado na literatura sobre esta matéria, argumenta que, numa era marcada pelos novos media e pelo jornalismo digital, um entendimento clássico do conceito de gatekeeper cerceará o âmbito do estudo do jornalismo e da sua relação com os públicos. Deste modo, tomando em consideração as tendências e as linhas de investigação predominantes, e analisando práticas e acontecimentos que, de um ponto de vista político, marcaram os anos mais recentes, o artigo procura equacionar novos sentidos, com valor cívico, para a ação do jornalismo e para uma noção reconfigurada do gatekeeper no mundo ocidental. Conclui mostrando a normalização e a adequação dos novos dipositivos mediáticos a valores e práticas convencionais do jornalismo.

Este artículo re-evalúa la relevancia del concepto de "gatekeeping" en el siglo XXI. Sostenido en la literatura sobre este tema, argumenta que, en una época marcada por los nuevos medios y el periodismo digital, una comprensión clásica del concepto de gatekeeper reducirá el alcance del estudio del periodismo y su relación con el público. Teniendo en cuenta las tendencias y líneas de investigación predominantes, y el análisis de las prácticas y eventos que, desde un punto de vista político, marcaron los últimos años, este artículo busca reflexionar sobre nuevas direcciones con valor cívico para la práctica del periodismo y sobre un concepto reconfigurado del gatekeeper en el mundo occidental. Concluye mostrando la normalización de los nuevos dispositivos y su adecuación a los valores y prácticas convencionales del periodismo.
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