Today’s digital newsrooms are heavily using technology that enhances journalists’ ability to do their jobs in an easier and fastest way. The latest addition in the technological queue is social media, which is widely being used among the journalists. While this technology helps the journalists, it also plays a significant role in the entire news production process.
A recent study, conducted by University of Colorado Professor Patrick Ferrucci, revealed that social media has a consistent and significant role in every aspects of newsrooms, from story initiation to news promotions. Based on interviews with 53 journalists from news organizations such as New York Times, Buzzfeed and Texas Tribune, the study also revealed that the respondents considered the role of social media at newsroom as not “unethical.”
The study also found that the technology has created a massive shift in the role of the audience, which has become a stakeholder taking part in setting the news agenda. The massive shift also brews tensions among journalists as well.
To read full article:
Ferrucci, P. (2018). Networked: Social media’s impact on news production in digital newsrooms. Newspaper Research Journal, 39(1), 6-17.