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Experimenting with user-generated content in journalistic practice: adopting a user-centric storytelling approach during the covid-19 pandemic coverage in Latin America

Autores: Gruszynski-Sanseverino, G.; De Lima Santos, Mathias Felipe
ISSN: 1808-4079
Volumen: 17
Número: 2
Páginas: 244 - 279
Fecha de publicación: 2021
Many scholars have recognized the benefits that user-generated content (UGC) can bring to news publications. In this context, the coverage of the pandemic has undoubtedly forced news outlets around the world to embrace such content to present relevant information during this time. To understand how Latin American outlets are exploring UGC in news reporting, we proposed an exploratory study that includes a devised observation of 80 news websites and their social network channels between April and August 2020. During this period, we conducted a systematic observation to analyze how these outlets open spaces for the public and experiment with integrating user content into their news processes. Our findings suggest that the majority of the observed portals have punctually adopted UGC with minimal engagement. However, the pandemic disrupted interesting experiments regarding the integration of UGC into news creation that generate innovative forms of storytelling.