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Christopher D. Tulloch and Martin Elena publish an article in Hypertext.Net

Christopher D. Tulloch and Martin Elena publish an article in Hypertext.Net

30.11.2017

 

The CritiCC's Members Christopher D. Tulloch and Martin Elena have published the article "Social Media as News Source in International Conflicts. Journalistic practice in Catalan Television bulletins during the Arab Spring in Egypton Hipertext.Net, an academic journal on digital documentation and interactive communication.

The article analyzes the use of social media as a source of information in the development of international conflicts. For this purpose, the use of sources such as Twitter or Facebook during the coverage of the outbreak of the so-called Arab Spring by a public television channel such as the Catalan station TV3 is used as a case study. In this international conflict, social media was a prominent news actor. We analyze whether the presence of social media in the conflict is reflected in the news items broadcast byTV3, since the use of social media as a source of information entails a deontological debate about its legitimacy, verification capacity and lack of prestige when compared to official sources, as can be seen in the specialized academic literature. The content analysis of the sample and the data provided by the editors and senior figures of the International section of the channel reveal a lack of social media as a source of information in the news, whilst highlighting the citizen as an official source. This source hierarchy responds to the editorial line of a media outlet with limited resources in which the quality of the news in the field is considered a priority as opposed to the immediacy provided by social media as a source and the difficulty of its verification. Despite being a popular revolt known as the Facebook Revolution the media showed a certain reluctance to incorporate social media into their professional routines. The results present an open debate about the omnipresence of social media in the daily life of the journalist compared to the reduced presence detected in his or her news output.

 

 

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