#InFlux. Journalists’ adoption of social media and journalists’ social roles
#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 celebrified 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 generalization of the findings to the national population of journalists in Sweden as well as for comparisons between groups of journalists, and shows 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.
Parts of work
Hedman, Ulrika and Monika Djerf-Pierre (2013) The social journalist. Embracing the social media life or creating a new digital divide? Digital Journalism 1(3), pp. 368–385. ::doi::10.1080/21670811.2013.776804Hedman, Ulrika (2015) J-tweeters. Pointing towards a new set of professional practices and norms in journalism. Digital Journalism 3(2), pp. 279–297. ::doi::10.1080/21670811.2014.897833Hedman, Ulrika (2016) When journalists tweet. Disclosure, participatory, and personal transparency. Social Media + Society 2(1), pp. 1–13. ::doi::10.1177/2056305115624528Djerf-Pierre, Monika, Marina Ghersetti and Ulrika Hedman (2016) Appropriating social media. The changing uses of social media among journalists across time. Digital Journalism 4(7), pp. 849–860. ::doi::10.1080/21670811.2016.1152557Hedman, Ulrika (2017) Making the most of Twitter. How technological affordances influence Swedish journalists' self-branding. Journalism, Epub ahead of print, pp. 1–18. ::doi::10.1177/1464884917734054
Doctor of Philosophy
Göteborgs universitet. Samhällsvetenskapliga fakulteten
University of Gothenburg. Faculty of Social Sciences
Department of Journalism, Media and Communication (JMG) ; Institutionen för journalistik, medier och kommunikation (JMG)
Fredag den 6 september 2019, kl. 13.15, SA402, Annedalsseminariet, Seminariegatan 1A
Date of defence
appropriation of technology
accommodation of social media logic
social media logic
social news media logic
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