4 september 2019

For the curious: The abstract for #InFlux

This is the abstract for my thesis. For a full copy of the thesis frame, please download it via this link

#InFlux investigates journalists’ adoption of social media and social network sites (SNS) from the theoretical perspective of journalistic roles. It shows how the social roles of journalists are situated along the axes of formal–personal and news media logic–social media logic: skeptical shunners and activists, lurkers and networkers, news hubs and celebrities marketers, coordinators and ambassadors, professional marketers and pragmatics, entrepreneurs and journalists in incognito mode. The emergence of a social news media logic has implications for journalistic ethics and possibly brings a de-professionalization of journalists.

This thesis also shows that social media and SNS had an immediate impact among Swedish journalists and are now regarded as highly valued professional tools. Over time, the initial hype has faded – the general use can now best be described as pragmatic, while the high-end users use social media and SNS strategically for networking, audience dialogue, and personal branding. Journalists’ core professional ideals are not affected by the adoption of social media and SNS.

The statistical methodological approach applied – a mixed design with surveys (cross-sectional and panel data) and content analysis of Twitter data – allows for a generalisation of the findings to the national population of journalists in Sweden as well as for comparisons between groups of journalists, and show a way of how to find a representative sample of journalists on Twitter and other SNS and how to make best use of the data collected.

Keywords: journalism, journalists, journalistic roles, normalising, appropriation of technology, accommodation of social media logic, social media logic, social news media logic, social media, Twitter

Inga kommentarer: