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    How Journalists Source Trending Social Media Feeds


    Bouvier, Gwen (2019) How Journalists Source Trending Social Media Feeds. Journalism Studies, 20 (2). pp. 212-231. ISSN 1461-670X

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    Abstract

    Media scholars have called for more research to understand the consequences of news outlets becoming increasingly reliant on social media for sourcing stories, and how this is changing the nature of news and the role of the journalist. This also has high relevance for the Critical Discourse Analyst as regards processes of attributing the nature of ideology, where there is a shift away from stories derived from elite sources and official organizations. Using a sample of 26 news stories and a corpus of 40,000 tweets from a feed called #twowomentravel, which dealt with the journey of two women travelling from Ireland to the United Kingdom for an abortion, this paper uses Multimodal Critical Discourse Analysis to investigate how the discourses from the feed are taken up by the journalists. Findings show an erosion of some of the basic former aspects of journalistic practice related to verification and provision of context as what is “trending” becomes a news definer. Yet those with the skills to understand how it is integrated into news production may use this to disseminate their own ideology.

    Item Type: Article
    Keywords: Critical Discourse Analysis; news; news values; social media; sourcing; Twitter; verification;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Arts,Celtic Studies and Philosophy > School of English, Media & Theatre Studies > Media Studies
    Item ID: 11870
    Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1080/1461670X.2017.1365618
    Depositing User: Gwen Bouvier
    Date Deposited: 25 Nov 2019 15:43
    Journal or Publication Title: Journalism Studies
    Publisher: Taylor & Francis
    Refereed: Yes
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