Gatewatching is a concept noted by Axel Bruns which describes the shift in the way audiences are gaining their news content towards the idea of citizen journalism where users are generating news content. Previously, news content ran through editors and companies who basically told us news topics of their choice. Today, we are citizen journalists who decide and judge news topics on how important we think they are. We attribute with our own opinions and form content based on our attributions.
Social media has allowed us to create user generated content and distribute and organise the information in ways that we choose. Twitter is a platform that enables users to search relevant topics through hashtags and demonstrates to users the trending issues from these hashtags. Hashtags basically allow aggregated content that includes personal opinions. If I was to tweet about a significant event, such as the Parramatta shootings, it would just be lost in the feed. Adding a hashtag enables my personal opinion to be expressed and aware in the online mediated public sphere and enhance meaning of my tweet.
Bruns. A, 2011, Gatekeeping, Gatewaching, Real-time Feedback: New Challenges for Journalism. http://snurb.info/files/2011/Gatekeeping,%20Gatewatching,%20Real-Time%20Feedback.pdf visited 13/10
Trina, 2008, What are the differences between gatekeeping and gatewatching, http://trina-trinasblog.blogspot.com.au/2008/05/what-are-differences-between.html visited 13/10