Digital technology and journalism: implications for Democracy

John V. Pavlik


Digital technology has brought sweeping changes to journalism  and the social institutions it serves. Journalism has historically played a central role in the U.S. and other democracies, serving as a primary source of news and information for citizens on matters of public importance. This paper examines the implications of these changes for democracy. It explores the question of whether a more interactive form of journalism will produce a more engaged and informed electorate.


Digital journalism; Democracy; Digital divide; Transparency of government; Robust messages; Civic participation; Social media; Arab Spring; Wikileaks; Tablet journalism

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