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Deliberative journalism and citizenship: principles and practices in the Portuguese regional press


  • João Carlos Lopes de SOUSA

    () (University of Beira Interior)

  • Ricardo José Pinheiro MORAIS

    () (University of Beira Interior)

  • João Carlos Ferreira CORREIA

    () (University of Beira Interior)

  • Gil António Baptista FERREIRA

    () (University of Beira Interior)


What is the perception that journalists have about the citizens’ role in democratic life? What is the role of journalists in relation to public sphere and political debate? The main goal of this study is to investigate the relationship between the local press, citizens and civic practices. It takes as starting point a dual theoretical approach, the theory of deliberative democracy and the movement of public journalism, to assess the scope of a conception of “deliberative journalism.” Under the project “Citizens’ Agenda: journalism and political participation in the Portuguese media “, a questionnaire was delivered to 45 journalists from eight regional newspapers in Portugal. The results show that although the journalists appreciate the principles underlying the public and deliberative journalism movements (which suggests that a deliberative consciousness is emerging), also express an conventional journalism approach.

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  • João Carlos Lopes de SOUSA & Ricardo José Pinheiro MORAIS & João Carlos Ferreira CORREIA & Gil António Baptista FERREIRA, 2012. "Deliberative journalism and citizenship: principles and practices in the Portuguese regional press," Revista Romana de Jurnalism si Comunicare - Romanian Journal of Journalism and Communication, University of Bucharest, Faculty of Journalism and Communication Studies – Universitatea din Bucuresti, Facultatea de Jurnalism si Stiintele Comunicarii, issue 2, pages 20-26.
  • Handle: RePEc:foj:journl:y:2012:i:2:p:20-26

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    Local press; public journalism; deliberative democracy; civic participation;

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