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Journalists' uses of Twitter

Chapter in book
Authors Ulrika Hedman
Monika Djerf-Pierre
Published in Franklin, B. & Eldridge II, S. A. (Eds.) The Routledge Companion to Digital Journalism
Pages 417-426
ISBN 9781138887961
Publisher Routledge
Place of publication London och New York, NY
Publication year 2017
Published at Department of Journalism, Media and Communication (JMG)
Pages 417-426
Language en
Keywords journalism, journalists, social media, Twitter, professional practices
Subject categories Media and Communications, Media Studies, Industrial Biotechnology


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.

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