News Information Censorship and Changing Gatekeeping Roles: Non- Routine News Coverage and News Routines in the Context of Police Digital Communications in Hong Kong

Meily M.F. Cheung*, Tin Chi WONG

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Abstract

Journalists have faced increasing challenges as the result of police forces in different regions switching to digital radio communications. Drawing on gatekeeping theory and the journalistic practices literature, interviews with non-routine news journalists and a content analysis of news stories in newspapers were conducted to illustrate non-routine news coverage and understand how reporters' routines have changed. The results suggest that police forces' ability to control information technologically reduces the amount of non-routine news coverage and changes the ways in which news sources are used. Journalists have had to alter their reporting routines to retain journalistic independence.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1091-1114
Number of pages24
JournalJournalism and Mass Communication Quarterly
Volume93
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2016

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Communication

User-Defined Keywords

  • censorship
  • digitization
  • gatekeeping
  • news routines
  • news sources
  • press freedom

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