Journalists’ uses of Twitter

Ulrika Hedman, Monika Djerf-Pierre

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Journalists’ uses of Twitter have received considerable attention from scholars in recent years. There are good reasons for this surge in interest. Twitter is, possibly, the most important social medium for journalists. To have a Twitter account is virtually a professional obligation, journalism schools regard Twitter proficiency a ‘must have’ for aspiring journalists, and most news organizations have organizational accounts and also strongly encourage individual journalists to use Twitter for both personal and professional activities. The growing academic interest dovetails with the hype over social media in general, and Twitter in particular, in the news industry. The push and pull factors that attract journalists to Twitter derive from a range of personal, professional, and organizational motivations and requirements. In this chapter, we examine how much and why journalists use Twitter and how it influences their professional practices.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Routledge Companion to Digital Journalism Studies
EditorsBob Franklin, Scott A. Aldridge II
Place of PublicationAbingdon Oxon UK
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9781315713793
ISBN (Print)9781138887961
Publication statusPublished - 2017

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