Knight, Megan Anne (2012) Journalism as usual: The use of social media as a newsgathering tool in the coverage of the Iranian elections in 2009. Journal of Media Practice, 13 (1). pp. 61-74. ISSN 14682753
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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1386/jmpr.13.1.61_1
The Iranian elections of June 2009 and the ensuing protests were hailed as the 'Twitter revolution' in the media in the United Kingdom. However, this study of the use of sources by journalists covering the events shows that despite their rhetoric of the importance of social media in alerting the global community to events in Iran, journalists themselves did not turn to that social media for their own information, but relied most on traditional sourcing practices: political statements, expert opinion and a handful of 'man on the street' quotes for colour.
This study shows that although the mythology of the Internet as a place where all voices are equal, and have equal access to the public discourse continues – a kind of idealized 'public sphere' – the sourcing practices of journalists and the traditions of coverage continue to ensure that traditional voices and sources are heard above the crowd.
|Subjects:||Social studies > Sociology|
|Schools:||Faculty of Culture & the Creative Industries > School of Journalism, Media and Performance|
|Deposited By:||Megan Anne Knight|
|Deposited On:||05 Nov 2014 10:14|
|Last Modified:||20 Oct 2016 15:55|
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